Rethinking the Afropolitan: The Ethics of Black Atlantic Masculinities on Display


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. [The College of the Holy Cross is located at 1 College Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.] The Cantor Art Gallery 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.

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