Mas Intersections: Exploring Diasporic Carnival and Festival Cultures (May 25th)

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. 
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 
Symposium website:
Art Design by Maya Iverson-Davis 
Instagram: @barely_elsewhere_art
PLEASE see abdriged flyer below.