[PAST EVENT] 12th Annual Lemon Project Spring Symposium Keynote with Dr. Tommy Curry

March 25, 2022
6pm - 7pm
School of Education, In person at Matoaka or virtually over Zoom
301 Monticello Ave
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
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Myths Maketh Man: A Prolegomenon to the Study of Black Males in the 21st Century

Contemporary gender theories were birthed from historically racist, and classist social science scholarship aimed at depicting Black males as uniquely violent, abusive towards women, and rapists. Today, these decades-old racist theories are celebrated as cutting-edge feminist and intersectional research into Black Masculinity. Over the last five years, Black Male Studies scholars have shown that many of the presumptions concerning Black men and boys are not only disproven by social scientific research but were based in criminological mythologies and policies aimed at legitimizing the removal of Black males from society and demonizing this group within theory. This presentation will describe key avenues of future research in Black Male Studies regarding sexual vulnerability, Black male victimization to physical and sexual abuse, and Black male death and dying. Building from social scientific research, ethnographies, and categorical analyses, this presentation will offer a conceptual groundwork for a genre study of The Man-Not.

Tommy J. Curry is an African American scholar, author and professor of philosophy. He holds a Personal Chair in Africana philosophy and Black male studies at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests are 19th-century ethnology, Critical Race Theory & Black Male Studies. He is the author of The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood (Temple University Press 2017), which won the 2018 American Book Award. In 2019 he became the editor of the first book series dedicated to the study of Black males entitled Black Male Studies: A Series Exploring the Paradoxes of Racially Subjugated Males on Temple University Press. Dr. Curry’s research has been recognized by Diverse as placing him among the Top 15 Emerging Scholars in the United States in 2018, and his public intellectual work earned him the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy’s Alain Locke Award in 2017.


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