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Cherise Smith, Ph.D, Director JES A232A, Mailcode D7200, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-1784

Diaspora Talk Series- Theory, Politics and History

Fri, February 13, 2009 • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM • Avaya Auditorium (ACES BUILDING)

Rinaldo Walcott is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, at The University of Tornoton, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education where he also holds the Canada Research Chair in Social Justice and Cultural Studies. His teaching and research has been largely in the area of cultural studies and post colonial studies with an emphasis on black diaspora studies. He has published on music, film, queer theory, literature and theatre.

His most r

Gesture, Style, Substance: Reading Noah's Arc

This talk will attempt to fashion a discourse out of the ways in which black public masculinities mark themselves. In this paper I attempt to plot the ways in which black style and gesture fashions particular performances of black masculinities. I turn to the television show Noah's Arc as a foundation from which to speculate about what and how black public masculinities have to contribute to debates and conversations about style and gesture. This work in grounded in a much larger project that seeks to grapple with the ways in which the style, gesture and indeed fashions of black public masculinities have remade North American lived landscapes since the 1970s.

Reception to follow in Warfield Center, JES A232A

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


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