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R3 Africana Studies Lectures feat. Prof Tommy J Curry and Dr Gwenetta Curry (13 March 2020)

Updated: Feb 4, 2020

The Race, Roots & Resistance Collective welcomes Professor Tommy J Curry (Edinburgh) and Dr Gwenetta Curry (Edinburgh) to the University of Manchester as part of the Africana Studies lecture series.

When: *NEW DATE & TIME* 20 March 2020, 4-7:30pm. The lectures will take place from 4-6pm followed by refreshments in the atrium.

Where: Ellen Wilkinson Building, C1.18

Event Description:

Join us for two back-to-back public lectures:

Dr. Gwenetta Curry (Edinburgh), 'Demographies of Death and Dying: The Consequences of Neglect within Social Dominance Orientations for Black Women'.

Professor Tommy J. Curry (Edinburgh), 'Racism as Misandric (Arbitrary Set) Aggression: Patriarchy, Phallicism, and the Extermination of Black Males as Social Order'.

This event is organised and chaired by Nicole Gipson (PGR, American Studies, Manchester) with generous support from ArtsMethods&Manchester.

Abstract: In the 19th century, ethnologists designated the races based on the gender hierarchy within the white race. Since whites were the only race evolved enough to have specific sex roles, non-white races or savages were ungendered internally, but gendered externally by their distance to or from European stocks of people. Within these sciences, Black men were the litmus test of evolutionary status and the target of racial demonization. The adult Black male was a rapist, not a man. In the 20th century, these ethnological sciences became displaced within psycho-analytic accounts of the individual ontogeny and recapitulation theories. Black males were then suggested to be unformed feminine children, overtaken by their racial instincts for rape, they could not be fathers or husbands and were prone to infidelity, crime, and deviance. Segregationists announced Black men as the greatest threats to civilization and white endogamy. This paper will argue that a genealogy of racism, sexual delineation, and policies to control Black males indicate that white patriarchal racism was a phallicistic orientation, meaning that it relied on the sexualization, dehumanization and death of racialized males to establish social order and ideological power. Extending the subordinate male target hypothesis of Jim Sidanius and Felecia Pratto, and the work of Global South Masculinities, Black Male Studies contends that the insistence on Black males as the primary targets of lethal violence can be traced to the inception of patriarchy in the United States.

If you have any questions or for more information please contact Nicole Gipson at



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