BOOK: Thompson on Dance, Slavery and Performance

Katrina Dyonne Thompson, Ring Shout, Wheel About: The Racial Politics of Music and Dance in North American Slavery. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2014. via UI Press: “In this ambitious project, historian Katrina Thompson examines the conceptualization and staging of race through the performance, sometimes coerced, of black dance from the slave ship to the minstrel stage. She shows how these performances informed white European … Continue reading BOOK: Thompson on Dance, Slavery and Performance

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TALK: The Race for Digitality | Roopika Risam

At African Diaspora 2.0, Roopika Risam of #DHPoco: Postcolonial Digital Humanities discussed the tension between digital humanities and African diaspora studies. An excerpt: “…In the race for digitality, we find ourselves struggling to understand the relationship between our deep investments in discourses like intersectional feminism or critical race theory and digital humanities. The burden of representation falls on us. Our acts of representation should not … Continue reading TALK: The Race for Digitality | Roopika Risam

Interview: The Colonial Art of Demonizing Others | The UCSB Current

H/T – The Repeating Islands – Andrea Estrada interviews Esther Lezra on her new book The Colonial Art of Demonizing Others (Routledge, 2014): “It was important to show that the representational patterns that we use today are inheritors of an early representational rhetoric that was intrinsically tied up with material violence and injustice endured by peoples who were subjected to empire and colonialism,” Lezra said. … Continue reading Interview: The Colonial Art of Demonizing Others | The UCSB Current

White Over Black

BOOK/NEWS: Second Edition of Jordan’s White Over Black Released

White Over Black

Winthrop D. Jordan. White Over Black: American Attitudes Toward the Negro, 1550-1812, 2nd Ed. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012.

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Clark American Quadroon

BOOK: Clark on Free Women of Color in the Revolutionary Atlantic

Emily Clark. The Strange History of the American Quadroon: Free Women of Color in the Revolutionary Atlantic World. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013. via University of North Carolina Press: Exotic, seductive, and doomed: the antebellum mixed-race free woman of color has long operated as a metaphor for New Orleans. Commonly known as a “quadroon,” she and the city she represents rest irretrievably … Continue reading BOOK: Clark on Free Women of Color in the Revolutionary Atlantic

Jones Métis

BOOK: Jones on The Métis of Senegal

Hilary Jones. The Métis of Senegal: Urban Life and Politics in French West Africa. Indiana University Press, 2013. via Indiana University Press: The Métis of Senegal is a history of politics and society among an influential group of mixed-race people who settled in coastal Africa under French colonialism. Hilary Jones describes how the métis carved out a niche as middleman traders for European merchants. As … Continue reading BOOK: Jones on The Métis of Senegal

Black France / France Noire

EDITED: Keaton, Sharpley-Whiting, and Stovall on Black France

 Trica Danielle Keaton, T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, and Tyler Stovall, eds. Black France / France Noire: The History and Politics of Blackness. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012. From Duke University Press: In Black France / France Noire, scholars, activists, and novelists from France and the United States address the untenable paradox at the heart of French society. France’s constitutional and legal discourses do not recognize … Continue reading EDITED: Keaton, Sharpley-Whiting, and Stovall on Black France

Yo Soy Negro

BOOK: Golash-Boza on Blackness in Peru

  Tanya Maria Golash-Boza, Yo Soy Negro: Blackness in Peru. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012. From University Press of Florida: Yo Soy Negro is the first book in English–in fact, the first book in any language in more than two decades–to address what it means to be black in Peru. Based on extensive ethnographic work in the country and informed by more than eighty … Continue reading BOOK: Golash-Boza on Blackness in Peru