IA Events

Seminar: That Jamaica: Women, Secrets, and Battyman Business

Publication date: Jan 8, 2014 3:00:43 PM

Start: Mar 13, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 13, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN


Thomas Glave (Warwick) -This talk will consider the possible connections between 'outlawed' ('queer') sexual and romantic desire (including interracial 'queer' sexual intimacy and secrecy), bi-national identities and cultural realities, social class, colour, and the quotidian language of Jamaican women, overheard by a male child, capable of veiling as much as it occasionally frankly discloses.  Additionally, the talk will explore how, in the context of often publicly reviled and repugnant sexual practices in Jamaica, the reality of secrecy impacts upon erotic language and the (homo)erotic imagination.

Thomas Glave is the author of Whose Song? and Other Stories, Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent (Lambda Literary Award, 2005); The Torturer’s Wife (Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist and Lambda Literary Award finalist, 2008) and Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh (2013). He is editor of the anthology Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles (Lambda Literary Award, 2008). His most recent work has appeared in The New York Times, The Kenyon Review, Callaloo, and in the 2012 anthologies Kingston Noir and Love, Christopher Street, among others.

Glave has been Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professor at MIT, a 2012 Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge, and is a 2014 Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Warwick’s Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies.

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.