Black Sexual Economies: Conference on Transforming Black Sexualities Research

REGISTRATION (required to attend)
Fee is now $75

Date:  Friday, September 27, 2013
Location:  Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom, Room 310
Time:  11:30 am - 7:15 pm

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Location: Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom, Room 310
Time:  9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Sponsored by the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work and Social Capital, Washington University School of Law  

For the last twenty-five years, race and sexuality have been understood as primary vectors of power in identity politics scholarship.  Long before that, race and sexuality were understood by academics, lawyers, and activists alike as vectors that distributed access to economic resources, particularly through the frames of work and social and cultural capital. Slavery was of course the originary form of “labor” imagined for diasporic Africans in this country, followed by evolving regimes of peonage and Jim Crow.  What each shared was a primary goal of marginalizing blacks in America from meaningful work and capital.  Sexuality is less understood as a node of wealth distribution, but the addition of the racial lens brings it into clear perspective—slavery allocated not only work but also access to social capital by not only race but also sexuality as well.  This conference brings race and sexuality into explicit conversation as vectors that continue to shape and control access to economic resources.  This conference takes a wide and permeable view of “work,” including sex work and cultural representation work alongside conventional forms of work such as slavery and care work.

Visit the Black Sexual Economies Project website.


Research Scholars
Adrienne Davis, Project Director and Co-Convener  
Mireille Miller-Young, Co-Convener  
Marlon Bailey 
Felice Blake
LaMonda Horton-Stallings
Xavier Livermon
Jeffrey McCune
Matt Richardson
Senior Scholars
Jennifer Brody  
Cathy Cohen  
E. Patrick Johnson  
Dwight McBride
Tricia Rose
Rinaldo Walcott

Travel, Accommodations and Expenses

Conference participants should plan to pay for transportation, lodging and meals outside of the conference schedule (i.e. dinner).   

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is easy to get to from most parts of the country.  Amtrak also serves St. Louis, and it's especially convenient if you're coming from Chicago or Kansas City (or someplace that links to one of those cities).  Getting around in St. Louis is also pretty easy, either with cabs or, especially between the airport, hotel, and Wash. U., using the light rail system.

Suggested hotels:
Charles F. Knight Executive Center, located next door to the Law School (no space remaining)
Moonrise Hotel (1.2 miles)
The Cheshire Inn (1.8 miles)

Recommended Taxi Service:
St. Louis County Cab

Anheuser-Busch Hall Accessibility Map
Washington University Gender Inclusive Restroom Map
Child Care Website


For further information contact Shelly Henderson, Conference Coordinator - Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work and Social Capital,, (314) 935-6161.


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