Thursday, March 24, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Jafari S Allen
McClelland Park Building, Room 402
Jafari S Allen is the 2016 Miranda Joseph Endowed Lecturer. He is currently Associate Professor of Anthropology, and founder of the Miami Initiative on Race, Gender, and Sexuality, at the University of Miami. Formerly Associate Professor of African American Studies, and Anthropology; and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Director of Graduate Studies, at Yale University, Allen’s scholarship and teaching has opened new lines of inquiry and offered re-invigorated methods of narrative theorizing in anthropology, Black diaspora studies, and feminist and queer studies. Allen is the author of ¡Venceremos?: The Erotics of Black Self-‐Making in Cuba; editor of Black/Queer/Diaspora; and a number of other publications in, for example: American Ethnologist; GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies; Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society; Current Anthropology; and Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform of Criticism; Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. Engaged in ethnographic research in Cuba and the Caribbean for seventeen years, he has transnational research interests in a number of other sites in the Americas. Recent research has also taken him to East Africa and Western Europe. Professor Allen is currently finishing his second book (Black/Queer Here & There: An Ethnography of an Idea), and beginning research on a third monograph, Structural Adjustments: Black Survival in the 1980s.