John L Warfield Center

Diaspora Talk Series: The Obamas and the New Politics of Race - "White Anger, Crazy Patriotism, and (Post)Black Performativity

Fri, April 16, 2010 | ISES Gallery (JES A230) - Warfield Center for African and African American Studies

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Diaspora Talk Series

The Obamas and the New Politics of Race

"White Anger, Crazy Patriotism, and (Post) Black Performativity"

Dr. Soyini Madison, Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies - Northwestern University

Friday, April 16, 2010

12pm, ISESE Gallery/ Warfield Center (Jester Center A232A)

The talk will examine performances of patriotism, particularly as it is embodied by "Tea Party" members in their socialist and racialized depictions of Barack Obama. These Tea Party Performances will be discussed against the discourses and practices (performativities) of what has been controversially termed the "Postblack" era.

D. Soyini Madison is a full professor at Northwestern University in the Department of Performance Studies. Professor Madison is an affiliate faculty member in the Program of African Studies and she also holds appointments in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Anthropology. Professor Madison is the author of Critical Ethnography: Methods, Ethics, and Performance; co-editor of The Sage Handbook of Performance Studies; and, Editor of The Woman That I Am: The Literature and Culture of Contemporary Women of Color. Madison lived and worked in Ghana, West Africa as a Senior Fulbright Scholar conducting field research on the interconnections between traditional religion, political economy, and indigenous performance tactics. She received a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in Belagio, Italy (2003) for her current book project, Acts of Activism: Human Rights and Radical Performance, based on fieldwork in Ghana. Madison also adapts and directs her ethnographic work for the public stage in such performances as:  I Have My Story to Tell, a performance reflecting the oral histories of University of Carolina laborers and service workers; Mandela, the Land, and the People, a performance based on the life and work of Nelson Mandela; Is It a Human Being or A Girl? a performance ethnography on traditional religion, modernity, and political economy in Ghana; and, Water Rites a multi-media performance on the struggle for clean and accessible water as a human right. Professor Madison has won numerous teaching awards, including the Tanner University Award at Chapel Hill for “Outstanding and Inspirational Teaching.”

Sponsored by: The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies

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