Mas Intersections: Exploring Diasporic Carnival and Festival Cultures
African, Asian, European, Indigenous, and Latin American cultural forms are entwined through power, embodiment, and play both within and outside the Caribbean region. In this interdisciplinary symposium we will be exploring, through the lens of Carnival and (mas)querade, subversive displays of power, the politics of racialized, sexualized & nationalized bodies, and the trickster energy of play.
Join us in discourse and dance!
UC Santa Barbara in partnership with Leeds Beckett University
This is a hybrid program, webinar and in-person. RSVP details below.
UNABRIDGED PROGRAM information:
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – 9:45 AM–6:00 PM PST
UCSB University Center – State Street Room
9:45 AM–10:00 AM Welcome
Adeola Dewis, Cathy Thomas, and Emily Zobel Marshall
10:00 AM– 11:00 AM Keynote: "Those Kinds of Women": How the New Orleans Baby Dolls Used "Women's Rites"
to Move Beyond Respectability Politics and Create Visibility
Kim Vaz-Deville (Xavier University of Louisiana)
11:00 AM–11:15 AM Morning Break
11:15 AM–12:15 PM Roundtable: Wining & Twerking, On a Genealogy of Hips
Adanna Kai Jones (Bowdoin College) and Ra/Malika Imhotep (UC Berkeley)
moderated by Dr. Mireille Miller-Young (UCSB Feminist Studies)
12:15 PM–1:00 PM Women in Carnival Overview and Research Ethics
Cathy Thomas (UCSB English), Emily Zobel Marshall (Leeds Beckett University, Reader in Postcolonial
Literature) and Adeola Dewis (University of South Wales, Diaspora Artist)
1:00 PM–2:00 PM Lunch Break (catered, please RSVP)
2:00 PM–3:00 PM Roundtable: Women in Trinidad Carnival
Renella Alfred (Whip Princess), Dr. Adanna Kai Jones (on spectators/performers), Amanda McIntyre
.(Baby Doll and writer), and Eintou Springer (Trinidad & Tobago Poet Laureate, Kambulé)
3:00 PM–3:15 PM Afternoon Break
3:15 PM–4:15 PM Roundtable: AfroLatinidad's Festival Culture and Dance in California
Nadia Calmet (Afro-Peruvian folk dance/festival artist & activist) and Cheryl L. Noralez
((on masking traditions, Garifuna. American Heritage Foundation United)
4:15 PM–5:00 PM Dance Demo & Experience with Nadia Calmet
5:00 PM–6:00 PM Roundtable: Undergraduate Creative Critical Exploration of Carnival Art and Literature
moderated by Maria Zazzarino (Graduate Student, UCSB Comparative Literature)
Refreshments and lunch served at event
Remote webinar RSVP:
In-person RSVP by emailing
Art Design by Maya Iverson-Davis
PLEASE see abdriged flyer below.
May 13, 2022 - 4:01pm