Tuesday, September 27, 2016

KNAW Colloquium: 'Connected Migrants: Encapsulation or Cosmopolitanism'

Sandra Ponzanesi and Koen Leurs are organising a colloquium at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science (KNAW) called 'Connected migrants: encapsulation or cosmopolitanism'. The event will take place from 15-16 December 2016 at the seat of KNAW in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

This colloquium brings experts in the field together to acknowledge how boundary making and cosmopolitanisation operate simultaneously. It explores the social, cultural and political implications of migrant digital practices as grounded in everyday practice.
Academics can apply here (there is a 150 euro registration fee, maximum 50 participants in total).

In a masterclass, international experts Farida Vis, Kishonna Gray and Roopika Risam will equip participants with a solid theoretical grounding and methodological skill set to analyse migrant connectivity practices. The organisation also welcomes PhD students, early career researchers and advanced students interested in the topic to apply for this exciting masterclass preceding the colloquium on 14 December 2016 in Amsterdam. There is no fee for participating in the masterclass.

Practical information
Sign up before 15 October 2016! Questions? Email Koen Leurs @ k.h.a.leurs@uu.nl.

Monday, September 26, 2016

PCI Film Series presents 'Brincando El Charco. Portrait of a Puerto Rican' and 'Small City, Big Change'

Introduced by Frances Negrón-Muntane (Columbia University, USA)

Refreshingly sophisticated in both form and content, Brincando el Charco contemplates the notion of 'identity' through the experiences of a Puerto Rican woman living in the US.

In a wonderful mix of fiction, archival footage, processed interviews and soap opera drama, Brincando el Charco tells the story of Claudia Marin, a middle-class, light-skinned Puerto Rican photographer/videographer who is attempting to construct a sense of community in the US. Confronting the simultaneity of both her privilege and her oppression, Brincando el Charco becomes a meditation on class, race and sexuality as shifting differences.

During this edition, one of Negrón-Muntane's short films will also be screened: 'Small City, Big Change'. This film portrays how the smallest city of Massachusetts, of mostly Latino working class residents, provided the key leadership for the approval of the Transgender Equal Rights Act of the state.

Q&A with the director
After the screening, there will also be a Q&A session with director
Frances Negrón-Muntane. And on 13 October, she will provide a Doing Gender lecture.

Negrón-Muntaner is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, curator, scholar and professor at Columbia University, where she is the founding director of the Media and Idea Lab and founding curator of the Latino Arts and Activism Archive at Columbia’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library. She also served as the director of Columbia’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race from 2009-2016.

Negrón-Muntaner’s work spans multiple disciplines and practices, including cinema, literature, cultural criticism, and politics. Her work focuses on a comparative exploration of coloniality in the Americas, with special attention to the intersections between race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.

Practical information
PCI Film Series
Date: 11 October
Time: 19.15 - 21.30
Location: Drift 21, room 0.32

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Doing Gender lecture by Frances Negrón-Muntaner

Two days after her films are screened in the PCI Film Series, Frances Négron Muntaner will provide a Doing Gender lecture. Her talk is titled 'What To Do with All This Beauty? The Political Economy of Latina Stardom in the Twenty-first Century'.

The talk explores the political economy of a common stereotype in U.S. media, the Latina beauty, since its emergence in the late nineteenth century to its present incarnations. The presentation will also inquire about how and why this is the only Latino stereotype that produces major stars like Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, and Salma Hayek; and examine the racial, gender, cultural, and market contexts that allow contemporary Latina actresses to leverage their beauty capital into influence inside the entertainment industry, domestic and international politics - to a point.

Practical information
Date: 13 October
Time: 16.00 - 17.30
Location: Drift 21, room 1.05
Please register by sending an email to nog@uu.nl.