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Being a Man in a Transnational World: The Masculinity and Sexuality of Migration

November 19, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Speaker/Participants: 
Dr. Ernesto Vasquez del Aguila (American University/CUNY Institute for Health Equity)

Dr. Vasquez del Aguila is an anthropologist with experience in Masculinity, Sexuality, Global Health, and Migration. He has published on sexual and reproductive health; sexual minorities; equality; gender and masculinity; sexuality; and migration. His latest book is entitled “Being a Man in a Transnational World: The Masculinity and Sexuality of Migration” (Routledge 2014).  He earned his PhD in medical anthropology from Columbia University, New York City. 

Dr. Vasquez del Aguila will analyze the intersections of masculinity, sexuality and migration. The lecture will focus on the complex processes of becoming a man and the strategies used by men to reconcile paradoxes and contradictions that coexist between multiple masculinities and contradictory models of being a man. A number of conceptual contributions will be discussed, including the notion of “masculine capital”, male friendship; social representations of being a man: the winner, the failed, and the good enough man, as well as transnational romances, and male sexual intimacy. Dr. Vasquez del Aguila will discuss his latest book (Routledge 2014) based on ethnographic research undertaken over more than four years in New York and Lima, Peru. He will analyze heterosexual as well as gay masculinities, race and class relations, the role of the Internet and transnational romances, and the ways in which migration can create new opportunities for male sexual intimacy, while for others, it creates loneliness and isolation.

Cosponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Dietrich School Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies.

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