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Queer Provocations, Nightlife and Popular Culture in Kinshasa

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Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 5:00pm
St Antony's College, 62 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6JF
Pavilion Room


The African Studies Centre are hosting a seminar on 'Queer Provocations, Nightlife and Popular Culture in Kinshasa' with speaker Thomas Hendriks (University of Oxford). Drawing from intensive ethnographic fieldwork among self-consciously effeminate fioto men and their “normal” boyfriends in Kinshasa, this presentation by Dr Thomas Hendriks offers a queer reading of popular culture that fundamentally upsets the assumed monolithic heteronormativity of urban space. Provocatively de-coding music, video clips, urban paintings and popular journalism with his interlocutors, Thomas Hendrik’s research brings to the fore the queer failures and instabilities of their ostensibly moral messages. Unearthing the queer affordances of urban “ambiance”, nightlife and popular culture, it taps into a longue durée of extraversion and centrifugality, whose very queerness is often barely noticed by historians.  

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