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Against Type: Reading Desire in the Visual Archives of Dominican Subjects

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, May 9, 2018. 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
CCSRE conference room
Workshop: 
CORE: Critical Orientations to Race and Ethnicity
Meeting Description: 

Please join us for a workshop with Professor Dixa Ramirez, who will be discussing her latest work, “Against Type: Reading Desire in the Visual Archives of Dominican Subjects.”
  
Focusing on early twentieth century images, Ramirez constructs a method for discerning how ordinary, often anonymous, Dominicans fulfill, refuse, or frustrate the myriad desires in the imperial gaze as recorded in photography. This method, which she terms “monte refusal” or “refusal from the hills,” provides a generative spatial, performative, and interpretative model. It unhinges the set of signifiers and expectations comprising gendered racial types that reveal two interrelated, (white) imperial anxieties. The first anxiety revolves around the gaze and performance of black subjects especially on an island in which they had emancipated themselves in 1804 on one side and 1822 on the other. The second is an unease around rural spaces that refute productivity, surplus agriculture, and, as such, the teleological movement towards “modernity” that is the sine qua non of hegemonic European temporality.
  
A light meal will be served. RSVP is required: https://goo.gl/forms/367LG1W5uITy3Wrv1

Dixa Ramírez is assistant professor of American studies and ethnicity, race, and migration with affiliate positions in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies (WGSS) and Spanish and Portuguese at Yale University. Her research and teaching explore the entanglements between race, gender, nationalism, colonialism and imperialism, and geographic displacement as they emerge in literature, film, music, and other cultural expressions of the Francophone and Hispanophone Caribbean and their diasporas.

This event is co-sponsored by the Research Institute of CCSRE, the Department of English, and the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures.

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