Sexual-Affective Economies in Post-Soviet Cuba
Oct 23, 2012, 1pm-2:30pm
Megan Daigle, PhD, Aberystwyth, will deliver the talk: Conduct Unbecoming: Bodily Resistance, the Ethics of the Self, and Sexual-Affective Economies in Post-Soviet Cuba. Since the economic crisis of the 1990s in Cuba, pursuing relationships with foreigners has emerged as a viable means of accessing hard currency, consumer goods, travel, and emigration – of gaining admittance to a perceived better life. This practice is part of a broader set of black- and grey-market activities known locally as "jineterismo". The state has responded controversially, categorising these people as "prostitutes" and enacting a program of mass arrests and ‘rehabilitation’ centres, creating an atmosphere of fear with severe implications for political subjectivity and sexuality in Cuba today.
|Location:||764 York Research Tower|