[Blackstudies-l] Rethinking the Afropolitan: The Ethics of Black Atlantic Masculinities on Display

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Fri Oct 13 23:12:31 EDT 2017


ivetteromero posted: " The McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and
Culture at the College of the Holy Cross, presents “Rethinking the
Afropolitan: The Ethics of Black Atlantic Masculinities on Display,” on
October 19-21, 2017. All sessions are free and open to the public. ["
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*The McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture <crec at holycross.edu>
at the College of the Holy Cross, presents “Rethinking the Afropolitan: The
Ethics of Black Atlantic Masculinities on Display,” on October 19-21, 2017.
All sessions are free and open to the public. [The College of the Holy
Cross is located at 1 College Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
<https://maps.google.com/?q=1+College+Street,+Worcester,+Massachusetts&entry=gmail&source=g>.]
The Cantor Art Gallery
<https://www.holycross.edu/iris-and-b-gerald-cantor-art-gallery/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions>
presents
a two-person exhibition in conjunction with the conference, from October 18
to December 15, 2017.* *The photography exhibition presents the work of
Christopher López and Héctor Mediavilla:*

*A Visual Guide to the Heart: The Music of Ismael Rivera* (Photographs by
Christopher López) López’s recent photographs, taken recently in Puerto
Rico, focus on the imagery laden music of one of Puerto Rico’s most beloved
musicians of the 20th century.

*S.A.P.E.: Societe des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes/Society of
Tastemakers and Elegant People* (Photographs by Héctor Mediavilla)
Mediavilla, who lives and works in Spain, produced this series of
photographs that presents nuanced views of Congolese men who, since the
early part of the 20th century, have used dress and performance to engage
and counter the realities of political and economic hardship in
postcolonial Africa.

*Conference Description*: A 21st century term, “Afropolitan” already is
charged with contested meanings. Celebrated by some as the pinnacle of
African modernities, others see the Afropolitan as a glorified consumer or
perennial object of Western consumption. However, most discussions of
Afropolitans have occurred in relation to the arts, literature, and fashion
and almost exclusively in relation to Africans in Western cities or
Westernized enclaves in Africa in the present. A historicized approach to
the concept of the Afropolitan raises new questions about how scholars and
activists read race, gender, identity, and ethics in images and texts.

This conference is organized by History Department professors Rosa E.
Carasquillo and Lorelle Semley at the College of the Holy Cross. The
conference is sponsored by the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for
Religion, Ethics and Culture.

See full schedule at https://www.holycross.edu/mcfarland-center-religion-
ethics-and-culture/events-mcfarland-center/conferences/
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