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La rumba es pa’ lante: The Politics of Blackness in Forward Motion

“ON THE MATTER OF RACE AND RACE RELATIONS IN CUBA” SPEAKER SERIES PRESENTS: Maya Berry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill “La rumba es pa’ lante: The Politics of Blackness in Forward Motion” Monday, September 24 GEC, Room 1005 5:30PM Maya Berry is an assistant professor for the African, African American and Diaspora Studies Department at UNC. Berry’s current research examines what existing movements toward black self-making in the contemporary “post-Fidel” era can teach us about the Cuban Revolution’s “updating” economic model and visions for its future. Berry’s research explores the sacred and secular dimensions of black political lives within and beyond state institutions.

Maya Berry portraitAs part of the Institute for the Study of the Americas “On the Matter of Race and Race Relations in Cuba” Speakers Series, Maya Berry will discuss “La rumba es pa’ lante: The Politics of Blackness in Forward Motion” on Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Global Education Center, room 1005.

Maya Berry (Department of African, African-American and Diaspora Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is a social anthropologist specializing in performance studies and African diaspora studies. Her work uses a black feminist approach to understand racialized and gendered experience, social formations, performance practices, and political imaginaries. Using performance as an analytical lens, Berry focuses on both the movements of body politics and the corporeal bodies that constitute those political movements. This allows for consideration of how political economy, racial formation, and embodiment all play a role in political praxis.

The Institute for the Study of the Americas “On the Matter of Race and Race Relations in Cuba” Speakers Series for Fall Semester 2018 is dedicated to the examination of the complexities of race relations in Cuba, with particular attention to the ways that the Cuban revolution, with its doctrinal commitment to social justice and racial equality, addressed–or failed to address–inequities with deep historical antecedents.  Speakers offer uniquely critical perspectives from which to assess the state of race relations in Cuba based on extensive research in and travel to Cuba. Co-Sponsored by The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.

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