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The Consumption and Rejection of Blackness in Contemporary Spain. Lecture by Jeffrey Coleman

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The Consumption and Rejection of Blackness in Contemporary Spain. Lecture by Jeffrey Coleman

This event occurred in the past

The Consumption and Rejection of Blackness in Contemporary Spain. Lecture by Jeffrey Coleman

This event occurred in the past

Date and Time

  • Monday, November 5, 2018 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location

Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110

Cost

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Details

Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, Spain has consumed, co-opted and rejected blackness and black people in various ways. This talk will analyze literature, sports and popular culture in order to demonstrate how Spain’s oscillating whiteness operates to the detriment of its development as an increasingly multiracial nation. Prominent examples include: the caricature of black people in advertising, the representation of black immigration and the co-optation black struggle for the gain of regional nationalist movements. By analyzing these cases, we can reach a stronger understanding of how blackness operates in Spain. In addition, the talk will end discussing how black people in Spain have begun to organize in order to fight the problematic representations of blackness in society.

Dr. Jeffrey Coleman, assistant professor of Spanish at Marquette University, specializes in contemporary Peninsular Spanish and Catalan theatre. He graduated from Dartmouth in 2008 with a major in Spanish (writing an honor thesis under the direction of Professor Israel Reyes) and a minor in Chinese; he was also a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. He obtained his PhD in Romance Languages & Literatures from the University of Chicago in 2014, where his research focused on theatrical portrayals of the immigration question in the years surrounding the 2004 Spanish national election. He has published several articles on immigration, race and national identity in the Spanish context in the Journal of Catalan Studies, Symposium, Estreno, and other venues. In addition, in 2015 he was awarded the Duke University Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Advancement Fellowship, and in 2017 was awarded the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. His book entitled Shockwaves: Immigration and its Racial Reverberations on the Contemporary Spanish Stage, which explores how the intersections of race and immigration manifest in Spanish theatre from 1992 to the present, is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press. His next book project will explore the manners by which blackness is simultaneously consumed and rejected by Spanish popular culture and society.

 

Sponsor(s)

Dr. Jeffrey Coleman

This event is open to the public

Post Contact

Martin Repinecz
mrepinecz@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7645

Contact Information

Community and Government Relations
Degheri Alumni Center Room 214
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4297
Fax: (619) 260-6820
mpfister@sandiego.edu

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