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Lecture and Masterclass: Decolonial Desires with Dr. Vanessa Agard-Jones (Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Columbia University) Lecture Respondent: Dr. Rivke Jaffe (Professor of Cities, Politics and Culture, University of Amsterdam)

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Start date 6 June 2018
End date 7 June 2018

In this lecture and masterclass, we reflect upon the meaning of decolonization in Caribbean contexts where political sovereignty is not the anticipated nor desired outcome. As we consider bitter contests over the etiology of same-sex desire in the region and the consistent framing of gender transgression and same sex desire as colonial imposition, we explore the forms of political maneuver that make desire the terrain for proxy debates about sovereignty, freedom, and decolonial futures.

Vanessa Agard-Jones is Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Columbia University, where she serves on the Executive Council of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality and is affiliated with the Institute for Research in African American Studies. Her work on gender and sexuality in the Caribbean has been published in Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, the Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, the New West Indian Guide, and the volume Sex and the Citizen: Interrogating the Caribbean (University of Virginia Press, 2011). With late historian Manning Marable she is co-editor of Transnational Blackness: Navigating the Global Color Line (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

Rivke Jaffe is Professor of Cities, Politics and Culture at the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies and the Centre for Urban Studies within the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research. Her research focuses primarily on intersections of the urban and the political, and specifically on the spatialization and materialization of power, difference and inequality within cities.

Lecture: Wed 6 June 2018, 16-18h

Masterclass on Thu 7 June 2018, 14-17h.

Venue: Atria Institute for Gender Equality and Women's History, Vijzelstraat 20, 1017 HK Amsterdam

The lecture and masterclass are open to all.

RMA Students can acquire 2 EC if they attend both the lecture and masterclass, complete the preparatory readings and write a short written assignment related to the topic of the masterclass.

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The event is possible thanks to the support of Atria, Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis and the NWO funded project ‘Cultural Practices of Citizenship under fragmented Sovereignty: Gendered and Sexual Citizenship in Curaçao and Bonaire’.