Annual Research Theme

2021-2022 Theme: Erotics of Race and Coloniality

The theme for 2021-22 centers on the Erotics of Race and Coloniality, led by GSF professor Jennifer Nash.  This is an interdisciplinary exploration of the relationship among race, coloniality and sexuality.  Over the course of the year, we will explore scholarly and creative work that explores pornography, erotic labor, and sex work; Black queer and trans studies; queer of color critique; colonial and postcolonial sexual knowledge and archives; sex law, sexual regulation, and the state; and feminist engagements with racial erotics. Taken together, this work asks how we might understand racial and colonial projects differently (or anew) when we consider them as erotic and sexual projects? And how might this work help us imagine different kinds of sexual futures?