WILLIAMSTOWN -- Micaela Díaz-Sánchez will present "Habla, Habla, Negr@: Articulations of Gender and Sexuality in Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba" on Tuesday, April 2, at Williams College.
The lecture will be held at 4:15 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3. This event is free and open to the public.
This presentation will focus on discourses of sexuality and gender among practitioners of the Afro-Puerto Rican musical tradition of Bomba, focusing on musicians and dancers of the Bomba diaspora in the United States. In popular narratives of Bomba, men have historically been framed as musicians while woman have traditionally been presented as dancers and singers. Díaz-Sánchez will discuss the entry of female practitioners who challenge these gendered, traditional positions of drumming and dancing/singing. Focusing on the critical interventions of these practitioners, the lecture will explore contemporary Bomba performances in the diaspora as a tradition in which feminist and queer sociopolitical histories and aesthetic practices are thriving.
Díaz-Sánchez is an assistant professor in the Department of Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies at Mount Holyoke College.
Díaz-Sánchez received her Ph.D. from Stanford University’s Department of Drama and Performance Studies in 2009.