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Global Blackface: A Symposium

This symposium explores circulations of blackface and minstrelsy through dance, music, popular culture, and festival performance across transnational and transhemispheric itineraries. It aims to redress US-centric biases in the study of blackface and minstrelsy by considering what other critical narratives and aesthetic genealogies might emerge by department from the "nation" (especially the US) as the implicit frame for blackface scholarship.


4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. // PANEL: The Affordances of Blackface
Thomas F. Defrantz (Northwestern University), Kristin Moriah (Queens University), Caroline Yang (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

6 p.m.-7 p.m. // KEYNOTE
Arminda Thomas of CLASSIX


11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. // PANEL: Transnational Minstrelsy
Rudrani Sarma (Rutgers University), Chinua Thelwell (College of William & Mary), Matthew Wittmann (Harvard University)

1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. // PANEL: Hemispheric Blackface
Anita Gonzalez (Georgetown University), Christofer Rodelo (University of California, Irvine), Danielle Roper (University of Chicago)

Contact: Douglas Jones