This inaugural conference held at Columbia College Chicago will explore the history and art of Black Sexuality and Relationships. Romantic and kinship relational challenges have emerged from enslavement, familial separation, poverty, systemic and religious oppression, mass incarceration, heteronormativity, and white supremacy. The conference will illuminate individual and systemic complexities that impact sexual expression and relationships. In addition, the summit will serve as a platform to facilitate dialogue about intersectionality, issues that affect Black LGBTQAI, gender and reproductive politics, and media influences.
Presentations for the conference may include discussions on: sexuality education, sex trafficking, sex tourism, sex work (e.g., prostitution, erotic entertainment), sexual harassment, and the hegemonic politics that enable these institutions and behaviors; HIV/AIDS/STI prevention, interventions, and the attempts to reduce transmission; masculinity/femininity, sex role adoption and the possibility of transcending binary discourse; sexuality language; wellness and healthy relationships; relational violence, manipulation, coercion; explicit and implicit systemic movements of Black family constellations; fantasy, desire, and the continuum of sexual arousal; aesthetics and body politics; human development including the dynamics of aging; media (television, radio, internet) interpretations of sexuality; cyber pornography, cyber dating, cyber stalking/bullying, cyber rape and victimization; parenting; out of control sexual behavior (sex addiction); impact and role of the church on sexuality; evolution of Black feminism and womanism; sex therapy and consultation; communication; expectations, assumptions, and stereotypes of Black male and female sexuality; contraceptive technology; kink, BDSM, fetish, paraphilias, polyamory; the development of emotional intelligence; sexual globalization; sexual scripts, intimacy negotiation, and styles of courtship
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