On October 23-24, 2014, the Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University will convene “Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality? Religion and the Burdens of Black Sexual Politics.” The meetings for our two-day event will be held in New York City, on the campus of Columbia University, October 23-34, 2014. An evening plenary on Thursday, October 23rd will be hosted at First Corinthians Baptist Church in Harlem.We are living through a moment of tremendous change at the intersection of race, religion, and sexuality, which has significant implications both for those who study and practice religion alike. “Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality?” will bring scholars, activists and religious leaders together to explore a range of historical and contemporary phenomena associated with religion, race and sexuality, as they coalesce and converge. The task before us is not to address a single problem, but rather to unearth and engage with the often-unstated normative claims -- surrounding race and religion, gender and sex -- that continue to inform the work of scholars of (and the lives of people within) the US and the African Diaspora.
Presenter bios here: http://iraas.com/node/367
Link to all lectures, panels, films: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/5576628/events/3490591/videos/65911792