Global Gender Seminar: "Erotic Isles: Queer Artistry and Activism in a Caribbean Nation" Lyndon Gil (Anthropology)

Monday, March 19, 2012 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Room 345 Penn Museum

Faculty Respondents: Deborah Thomas (Anthropology) and Heather Love (English)

Erotic Isles: Queer Artistry and Activism in a Caribbean Nation

Informed by seven years of ethnographic field research in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago— the southernmost independent nation in the Caribbean region, named for the two largest islands in its archipelago— this paper introduces a study of artistry and activism within Trinbagonian same-sex desiring communities. Through an analysis of Carnival masquerade design, Calypso musicianship, and HIV/AIDS prevention & care services, the larger project of which this presentation forms a part proposes a reinterpretation of the erotic as part of a life-sustaining subjectivity. It is this “erotic subjectivity” that will be the primary focus of our conversation.

This event is cosponored by Anthropology, English, and The Center for Africana Studies


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