Thursday, October 15, 2015

Save the Date! Conjuring the Caribbean: How Sweet It Is

Conjuring the Caribbean: How Sweet It Is

Symposium # Performance # Installation

December 7 to December 11, 2015

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Join artists, scholars and students in a five  day exploration of tourism, commercialism and gender identities. The symposiums calls for an interdisciplinary response to shifting imaginations about the power and potential of Caribbean studies viewed through the lens of a sugar-saturated past.

Keynote Speaker: Gaiutra Bahadur

Visiting Guest Artist/Scholars: Awilda Rodriguez Lora (independent artist), David Donkor (Texas A and M University), Nadine George (University of California, San Diego), Raquel Monroe (Columbia College, Chicago)

University of Michigan Scholars: Anita Gonzalez (Theatre and Drama), Vincent Mountain (Theatre and Drama), Aliyah Khan (English and DAAS), Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes (Latino Studies and American Culture), Silvia Pedraza (Sociology and American Culture), Mbala Nkanga (Theatre and Drama), Alfreda Rooks (School of Public Health), Jocelyn Stitt (IRWG).

Co-sponsored by Institute for the Humanities, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Latina/o Studies, Center for World Performance, Department of African and African American Studies, and the School of Public Health.

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Holly Woodlawn by Francesco Scavullo at Sotheby's

Francesco Scavullo, "Holly Woodlawn" (1969)
Sotheby's will be contributing 50% of auction proceeds of a photo of legendary Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn by Francesco Scavullo (1969, printed 1984) to help with the expenses of Holly's assisted care living facility.  More information about November 2 auction here (estimated price: $6,000-$8,000). Learn more about Holly's situation and the GoFundMe campaign led by Penny Arcade on her behalf here.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Redefining Freedom and Sexual Justice in the Caribbean

Redefining Freedom and Sexual Justice in the Caribbean: a lovely panel on Thursday, October 8, 2015 with Rosamond King, Angelique V. Nixon and me, moderated by Kamala Kempadoo at the American Studies Association conference in Toronto. Interesting debate, provocative comments. A testament to the vitality of queer Caribbean studies! Also celebrating King's award-winning publication Island Bodies and Nixon's fresh-off-the-press Resisting Paradise: Tourism, Diaspora, and Sexuality in Caribbean Culture. ‪#‎ASA2015‬ ‪#‎ThisIsTheASA‬ #2015ASA