The Performance of Blackness in Contemporary Brazil, Haiti, and the DR

SEP 07, 2017 | 6:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

Alex Morel, On the Road to Ouanaminthe, Haiti, 2015. Copyright Alex Morel.



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1218: Segal Theatre


September 07, 2017: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM




Center for the Humanities


This panel explores the performance of blackness in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Brazil and its transnational resonance with black cultural producers in other Latin American countries. Performance here is broadly defined as the cultural expression of blackness in these three countries and beyond, and will be examined through the lens of sociology, literature, art history, and performance studies. While much of Latin American Studies generally marginalizes studies of race relations and blackness, this panel aims to think of the performance of blackness as a basic component of the continent's identity formation and cultural production.

Moderator: Robert Reid-Pharr  


Dadland Maye
Ph.D. Candidate, English, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Assembling Queer Activist Histories of Haiti   

Fabiana Lopes
Ph.D. Student, Performance Studies, New York University
Black Performance in Brazil:  Hidden Stories and The Rough Vibrancy of Now 

Marcos Teixeira de Souza
Professor, Sociology, Universidade Estácio de Sá, Rio de Janeiro
Racial Integration at the Festival of the Pomeranos in Espírito Santo  

Abigail Lapin Dardashti
Ph.D. Candidate, Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Framing the Border: Hispañola's Border through Contemporary Photography

Co-sponsored by Advanced Research Collaborative, and the Art History Department at the Graduate Center, CUNY.