TFW’s Darnell L. Moore and Aishah Shahidah Simmons Present at “Are The Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality?” Conference – The Feminist Wire

TFW’s Darnell L. Moore and Aishah Shahidah Simmons Present at “Are The Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality?” Conference

AreTheGodsAfraid_WebBanerOn Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 10:30AM through Friday, October 24, 2014 at 6:15PM, the Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University will convene “Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality?  Religion and the Burdens of Black Sexual Politics,” a national conference.

TFW’s Managing Co-Editor Darnell L. Moore and Associate Editor Aishah Shahidah Simmons will join noted religious leaders, scholars, filmmakers, writers, and activists participating in this landmark gathering that is free and open to the public.

From the conference website:

We are living through a moment of tremendous change at the intersection of race, religion, and sexuality, which has significant implications both for those who study and practice religion alike.  Presenters will explore a range of historical and contemporary phenomena associated with religion, race and sexuality, as they coalesce and converge.  The task before us is not to address a single problem, but rather to unearth and engage with the often-unstated normative claims — surrounding race and religion, gender and sex — that continue to inform the work of scholars of (and the lives of people within) the US and the African Diaspora.

Please click HERE for the full conference schedule. Please click HERE for conference participants’ bios. Conference registration is free and open to the public. You may register by clicking HERE. The entire conference will be Livestreamed. You can follow the conference on twitter.

Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality? was conceived and organized by Dr. Josef Sorret who is an Assistant Professor of Religion and African-American Studies, Columbia University. The graduate coordinator is Ms. Laura McTighe. She is a PhD Candidate, Department of Religion, Columbia University.


  1. Darryl Bloom

    October 20, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Will any of these presentations be available on line after the conference?

  2. Dr. TA Bashir

    October 20, 2014 at 10:50 am

    What God’s are you referring to? Many aspects of Black’s lives has been misinterpreted with the etiology of a social disease that fueled many imaginative and less than civil treatment of the “other”. We were just reminded of this continuation with the death of the Black man that was the first person (?) to die in the USA from Ebola while others previous to his case lived. Is this the Tuskegee Experiment all over again. What does this has to do with Black Sexuality. Again another disease that the public is being told can only be spread through body fluids it is not airborne. We should have asked Are the People of Power Afraid of Black Sexuality and Why?