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“Afrocentric Decolonizing Queer Theory: Out Within the Old, In Within the New of Afrocentric Thought”

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This article examines and problematizes the contribution of the paradigm known as Afrocentric Thought to our understanding of Black sexuality. Using an Afrocentric analysis as well as resources from Black Feminist Thought and Postcolonial Queer Theory, it identifies gaps and weaknesses in previous Afrocentric analysis, particularly as it relates to sexual practices to which certain Afrocentric and Pan-African scholars have been antagonistic such as same-sex sexual practice. In discussing those gaps and weaknesses, it also proposes an approach, Afrocentric Decolonizing Queer Theory (ADQT), for scholars who are interested in using Afrocentric Thought as a liberatory framework for engaging in sexuality studies. ADQT suggests ways of deploying an Afrocentric analysis of queer sexual practices without summarily and incorrectly dismissing these practices as Eurocentric, pathological, or problematic. It particularly addresses scholars who are simultaneously Pan-African and queer in their theoretical and ideological orientations. ADQT provides renewed intellectual life to a paradigm that has, since the 1990s, declined in impact, relevance, innovation, and engagement across Black/Africana Studies as a field. Consequently, ADQT offers new tools for examining, understanding, and utilizing the current challenges and dynamics in Black sexuality in the interests of decolonization, liberation, and empowerment.
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Name: 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies
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Williams, H. "“Afrocentric Decolonizing Queer Theory: Out Within the Old, In Within the New of Afrocentric Thought”" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies, Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown, Atlanta, GA, <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p364802_index.html>

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Williams, H. S. "“Afrocentric Decolonizing Queer Theory: Out Within the Old, In Within the New of Afrocentric Thought”" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies, Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown, Atlanta, GA <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p364802_index.html

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Abstract: This article examines and problematizes the contribution of the paradigm known as Afrocentric Thought to our understanding of Black sexuality. Using an Afrocentric analysis as well as resources from Black Feminist Thought and Postcolonial Queer Theory, it identifies gaps and weaknesses in previous Afrocentric analysis, particularly as it relates to sexual practices to which certain Afrocentric and Pan-African scholars have been antagonistic such as same-sex sexual practice. In discussing those gaps and weaknesses, it also proposes an approach, Afrocentric Decolonizing Queer Theory (ADQT), for scholars who are interested in using Afrocentric Thought as a liberatory framework for engaging in sexuality studies. ADQT suggests ways of deploying an Afrocentric analysis of queer sexual practices without summarily and incorrectly dismissing these practices as Eurocentric, pathological, or problematic. It particularly addresses scholars who are simultaneously Pan-African and queer in their theoretical and ideological orientations. ADQT provides renewed intellectual life to a paradigm that has, since the 1990s, declined in impact, relevance, innovation, and engagement across Black/Africana Studies as a field. Consequently, ADQT offers new tools for examining, understanding, and utilizing the current challenges and dynamics in Black sexuality in the interests of decolonization, liberation, and empowerment.


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