African American Studies

African American Studies

2013 Black Sexualities Conference

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Call for Papers and Panels

Unleashing the Black Erotic:
Gender and Sexuality—Passion, Power, and Praxis

The College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center and African American Studies Program
2013 Conference and Symposium

September 18-21, 2013

Historic Downtown Charleston, SC

I believe in the erotic and I believe in it as an enlightening force within our lives as women. I have become clearer about the distinctions between the erotic and other apparently similar forces. We tend to think of the erotic as an easy, tantalizing sexual arousal. I speak of the erotic as the deepest life force, a force which moves us toward living in a fundamental way. And when I say living I mean it as that force which moves us toward what will accomplish real positive change.                        -Audre Lorde

We invite proposals from across disciplines. We are most interested in proposals that address aspects of the following topics:

  • Black bodies in popular culture
  • Black sexuality in television, film, and literature
  • Queering the Black body in art and performance studies
  • Iconic Black Queer motifs
  • Sex and Sexuality and Black Faith
  • Naughty, but nice: Black women and the politics of respectability
  • Black Erotica, Romance Novels, Comic Books
  • The Black Body and Public Health
  • Hip Hop and the Hypersexuality of Black Women
  • Alternative Modes of Black Love and Family
  • The Politics and Economics of Porn

The deadline for proposals is May 31, 2013; complete papers due by August 1, 2013. Please send all paper and panel proposals to with your name, institution, title, email address, presentation title and format, along with a 150 word abstract, brief bio, and recent cv. Please put “Unleashing the Erotic” in your subject line. Presentations will be limited to twenty minutes.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Conseula Francis, Associate Professor, English Department and Program Director, African American Studies Program at and Dr. Patricia Williams Lessane, Executive Director, Avery Research Center, at





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