EVENT CANCELLED: “Inventando” Queer in Cuba: Black Feminist Activism in Cuba’s Hip Hop Culture by Logbona Olukonee/Anabel Mitjans Alayon, professor of history, Agrarian University of Havana, Thursday, April 23, 2015, 5:00 p.m., Seelye 106. Reception immediately following the lecture. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Program for the Study of Women and Gender, and the Smith College Lecture Fund.
Details: Logbona Olukonee/Anabel Mitjans Alayon is an afrocuban@ feminist and queer activist, specifically interested in the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, class, access, culture and the formation of political dissents, especially those that are coming out of analyses centered on sexuality, race, non-heteronormativity, and popular culture. Very little historiography and intellectual production in Cuba has yet to widely recognize that the very structure of the “new” Revolutionary ideology was based on the normalization of the racist, heteronormative and classist ideology of the white middle class, which can, in part, help to explain the current “color-blind” discourse that dominates in Cuba. A crucial part of Logbona’s work is the insertion of these intersections into dominant narratives of Cuban history, especially during such key moments as the Quinquenio Gris (5 Grey Years) and the Special Period. Logbona’s public lecture will explore rap, activism and academia as important sites for the acknowledgement of the intersections of racism, heteronormativity and classism as experienced living in Cuba, with specific attention to the female rappers, feminist activists, intellectuals, journalists and academics who have been making, claiming and bringing intersectional critiques to light during the last 10 years. This event will be of interest to activist and scholarly communities working on race, gender, popular culture, performance and cultural identities and specifically draw on transnational connections and dialogue across borders. Get the poster
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