Erotic Islands: Art and Activism in the Queer Caribbean

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Saturday March 23

4:30 PM  –  6:30 PM

On Saturday, March 23, AAMP invites you to join us for a free reception, conversation and signing with Lyndon K. Gill, Ph.D., author of Erotic Islands: Art and Activism in the Queer Caribbean. Gill will be joined in conversation by Deborah A. Thomas, the R. Jean Brownlee Professor of Anthropology, and the Director of the Center for Experimental Ethnography at the University of Pennsylvania.

Doors for this event open at 4:30 pm for a wine and cheese reception. The formal program will begin promptly at 5 p.m.  Copies of Erotic Islands: Art and Activism in the Queer Caribbean will be available for purchase during this event.

Erotic Islands maps a long queer presence at a crossroads of the Caribbean. This transdisciplinary book foregrounds the queer histories of Carnival, calypso, and HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. At its heart is an extension of Afro-Caribbean American lesbian feminist Audre Lorde's use of the erotic as theory and methodology. Dr. Gill turns to lesbian/gay artistry and activism to insist on eros as an intertwined political-sensual-spiritual lens through which to see self and society more clearly. This analysis juxtaposes revered musician Calypso Rose, renowned mas man Peter Minshall, and resilient HIV/AIDS organization Friends For Life. Erotic Islands traverses black studies, queer studies, and anthropology toward an emergent black queer diaspora studies.

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