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Department of Theatre Arts & Dance Presents

Geographies of Gesture: Representing Intercultural Affects in Mexico, India, and the Caribbean

9/28/18, 3:30 PM

About this event

"Geographies of Gesture. Representing Intercultural Affects in Mexico, India, and the Caribbean" 
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Room 25
September 28, 3:30pm
Free to Attend

This lecture explores how paintings describing intercultural relations in colonial Mexico, India and the Caribbean during the eighteenth century can be re-mobilized to interrogate racial and gender categories. These visual depictions of demographic diversity were intended to replace maps as markers of a particular geographic location, translating the singularity of foreign lands into a convergence of  bodies, objects, and animals. Portraying mixed identities as a combination of skin tones, settings, and postures, certain artistic genres -like the casta paintings and the conversation piece- became phenomenological scenes in which race and gender were not only exposed, but also performed as a sequence of labors that created an emotional environment - a highly choreographed theater for the emergence of new forms of self.


Professor Leo Cabranes-Grant teaches performance and intercultural studies in the departments of Theater and Dance and Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He was Editor of "Theater Survey", published for the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) by Cambridge University Press. He won Best Article of the Year in 2011( American Society of Theater in Higher Education, ATHE) and his play "The Art of Painting" received the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture Award in 2006.

Questions? Contact Cindy Garcia.

Event Location
  • Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • 301 19th Avenue South
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA - United States