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Transatlantic Studies Seminar

Friday, October 18, 2019
2:30 pm
University College (UC)
Room: 3220

Transatlantic Studies Seminar
Hispanic Studies – Graduate Program
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Invites you to a talk by 

Dr. Kristina Wirtz, Chair and Professor, Department of Spanish, Western Michigan University

"Racializing Performances in Colonial Time-Spaces of the Americas"

Starting from the premise that colonialism begat the racial systems that continue to undergird hierarchies of power and privilege throughout the Americas, I argue that colonial time-spaces (chronotopes) remain productive of racial orders. Even in ostensibly postcolonial contexts in Latin America and the U.S., colonial-era racial logics continue to circulate through performances that enact colonial time-spaces. Such racializing performances, from spectacles of domination to protests to everyday mocking, mobilize categories such as colonizer and colonized to delineate racial otherness. I argue for tracing the historical trajectories of such performances that link the earliest moments of conquest to their reiterations into the present and that performatively enact colonial configurations of space, time, and personhood. Examples drawn from diverse accounts of colonial and anticolonial performance across the Americas illustrate how such configurations mobilize racializing logics that mark physical bodies, social types, locations, voices, dispositions, and practices. Indigeneity, for example, has been continually reinscribed in the negotiations and counternarratives evident in performative practices of domination and protest. Finally, I draw upon critical theory and discourse analysis to discuss the parallel cases of Cuban bozal and Brazilian lingua do preto, as figurations of “untamed” or "uncouth" African presence in contemporary African diasporic religious performances.

We wish to thank the support received by Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Research Western, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and Department of Anthropology.

Modern Languages and Literatures
Alena Robin
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