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Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies: “Finding Intimacy at the Borders of Fatalism: When Winin' Becomes a Crime Scene”

Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies presents:
A lecture with Adanna Kai Jones, Ph.D. - Visiting Faculty in Dance, Stanford
“Finding Intimacy at the Borders of Fatalism: When Winin’ Becomes a Crime Scene”
How does the performing pleasure during this year’s (2016) pre-Carnival, J’Ouvert festivities in Brooklyn, NY complicate how we understand anti-black violence and #BlackLivesMatter? The sweaty labor produced by the very act of rolling one’s hips and winin’ dong di streets fuh J’Ouvert reveal the intimately microscopic ways in which winers navigate the colliding politics of pleasure, gun-violence, and state policing. As winers take up public space in a foreign place—namely a place that recognizes or presents their winin’ bodies as in but not of that nation—their rolling production of sweat remain rooted to a bodily logic (i.e. winin’) that reads as fatalistic. Dr. Jones argues that “[…] winin's association with sexual play leaves especially the female winer vulnerable to depictions of fatalism, nihilism, and ultimate tragedy (e.g., beliefs that skilled female winers are prone to prostitution, out-of-wedlock motherhood, or sexual violence).” In effect, this further positions them within and along the interstices and borders of contesting feelings of blackness, contesting uses of pleasure, as well as contesting performances of (trans)nationhood, or rather a sense of belonging. Ultimately, this talk attends to the unsettling link between violence, pleasure, and blackness, as it is navigated by the dancing body.

Dr. Jones’ lecture on Nov. 1, 2016 marks the inaugural meeting of this year’s Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies, which is curated around the theme of “Dance on the Move: Migration, Border Zones, and Citizenship.” For the 2016 - 2017 Colloquium schedule, for parking information, and more, visit: https://stanforddancestudies.wordpress. To join the Colloquium’s mailing list, contact Heather Rastovac Akbarzadeh:



Tuesday, November 1, 2016. 05:30 PM


Roble Gym Room 139, Stanford University


The Mellon “Dance Studies in/and the Humanities” initiative. Co-sponsors: Stanford Humanities Center, Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, Center for Latin American Studies, and Feminisms & Queerings working group.




Free and open to the public