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Black Space and Gendered Constraints in Raul’s Cuba
November 27 @ 3:35 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday, November 27th, 2023 3:35-5 PM Howell Hall Auditorium (115)
Since Raúl Castro was appointed as acting President of Revolutionary Cuba in 2007, historic expansion of market reforms has contributed to increasingly stark racialized class inequality on the island. The contours of these socioeconomic changes are felt and mediated by Black women in distinctly gendered ways. In this talk by cultural anthropologist Maya Berry, based on ethnographic fieldwork with rumberas (women rumba performers) between 2012 and 2018, dance becomes a lens through which to understand how the Black working-class community mobilizes apart from but in relationship to the state and its development designs. A Black feminist analytics and embodied methodologies advance Professor Berry’s theorization of an alternative space of Black well-being, purpose, and possibility amid gendered constraints.
Co-Sponsored by the Race, Difference, and Power Concentration