Identity, Race and Performance: symposium and workshop

10:00am - 5:00pm / Friday 13th April 2018
Type: Symposium / Category: Department / Series: Modern Languages and Cultures Seminar Series
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Rendall Building, Lecture Theatre 1

Annual Film Studies Lecture by Dr Hannah Durkin, Newcastle University – ’Josephine Baker on the French Silent Screen’.

This paper explores Josephine Baker’s dance scenes in the 1927 French film La Sirène des Tropiques, the first major motion picture to feature a Black woman as its star.

Hannah Durkin is a Lecturer in Literature and Film at Newcastle University. Her research focuses on twentieth-century Black Atlantic literary and visual cultures, with a particular emphasis on anthropology, dance and cinema.

Guest lecture by Professor David Treece, King’s College London – ‘Samba and black activism in 1970s Brazil: Candeia and the Quilombo project’.

This paper will reassess the Quilombo project’s perspectives on the politics of anti-racism and black identity, showing how, at the height of Brazil’s military dictatorship, it proposed a progressive, democratic vision of resistance as a creative collective project.

David Treece is Camoens Professor of Portuguese at King’s College London, where he directed the Centre for the Study of Brazilian Culture and Society from 1996 to 2010. Since 2000 his work has concentrated on Brazilian popular music, and the culture and politics of Afro-Brazilian identity. His book Brazilian Jive: From Samba to Bossa and Rap (Reaktion, 2013) brings together these most recent research interests.

There will also be a workshop for staff and postgraduate students, along with a buffet lunch.

If you would like to attend the lunch and/or the post-event wine reception, please contact