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The Erotics of History: An Atlantic African Example

Donald Donham
Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, UC Davis
Date and Time: 
Monday, October 15, 2018 - 15:30
Location: 

Department of Anthropology
Main Quad - Building 50
Room 51A (Colloquium Room)

Abstract: 

In this paper, I present arguments from my 2018 book, The Erotics of History: An Atlantic African Example (open access at www.luminosoa.org).  I use a description of relationships between European gay men and West African men married to local women to argue that we need to rethink the concept of sexuality.  I return to nineteenth-century sexology for inspiration to explore the notion of the fetish and sadomasochism, in the context now of the Internet of images, tourism, and postcolonial fantasy.