IRADAC Fellows Symposium - Locating Identities: Interdisciplinary Approaches

MAR 14, 2014 | 4:00 PM TO 7:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue




March 14, 2014: 4:00 PM-7:00 PM







IRADAC Fellows Symposium
Locating Identities: Interdisciplinary Approaches   

Panel 1: Assembling narratives: Creating presence in the Archive  (4:00pm - 5:00pm)
Paula Austin  (History)
Anne Donlon  (English)
Christine Pinnock  (Anthropology)

Discussant: LaShonda Katrice Barnett, Ph.D (Writer and Scholar) 

Artist-Scholar Dr. LaShonda Katrice Barnett was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and grew up in Park Forest, Illinois. A graduate of the University of Missouri, she received an M.A. in Women's History from Sarah Lawrence College and the Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William and Mary. A writer of short fiction and novels, Barnett is a lover and scholar of black music and an avid interviewer. She has conducted over a hundred interviews with women musicians and edited the volumes: I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters On Their Craft (2007) and Off The Record: Conversations With African American & Brazilian Women Musicians, (forthcoming, Rowman & Littlefield, Spring 2014). Currently she is conducting interviews for the third music book, Drop The Mic: Women Hip Hop & Neo Soul Artists Sound Off On Creative Process & Commerce (forthcoming with Wesleyan University Press/Music Interview Series, 2015). Barnett has hosted her own jazz radio program on WBAI (99.5 FM, NYC); consulted and taught 'Women in Jazz' at New York City's Jazz at Lincoln Center; and lectured on the music both nationally and internationally in Austria, Brazil, France, Germany and South Africa. The recipient of numerous awards for creative writing and scholarship, Barnett has taught at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, Hunter College and Brown University. Her debut historical novel, Jam! On The Vine, –about a woman who launches a black newspaper in the Jim Crow Midwest—is forthcoming with Grove/Atlantic Inc. She lives in Manhattan. Visit her online at:

Panel 2: How do individuals navigate and negotiate space through movement? (5:15pm - 6:15pm)
Lystra Huggins (Psychology)
Ryan Mann Hamilton  (Anthropology)
Calvin John Smiley  (Sociology)
Angelina Tallaj-Garcia  (Ethnomusicology)

Discussant: Samuel Martinez, PhD (Ethnologist and Assoc. Prof., Anthropology, University of Connecticut)    

Samuel Martínez is a Cuban-born ethnologist. He is presently on the board of the American Ethnological Society and has served as Chair (2003-04) of the American Anthropological Association's Committee for Human Rights. He contributed an extensive expert affidavit in support of the landmark case of Yean and Bosico v. Dominican Republic presented before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in 2005. He is the author of two ethnographic monographs and several peer-reviewed articles on the migration and labor and minority rights of Haitian nationals and people of Haitian ancestry in the Dominican Republic. He is also editor of a contributory volume, International Migration and Human Rights (U California Press, 2009) and co-editor of two journal special issues. In his current research and writing, he brings critical scrutiny to the writings of northern human rights monitors, journalists and social scientists about Haitian-ancestry people in the Dominican Republic. He is also doing background research on antislavery narratives of the late 20th & early 21st centuries.    

Class Travels and Traveling to Class: Complexities of Social  Status and Identity  Formation among Afro-Caribbean Women  Christine Pinnock