Talks, Workshops & Upcoming Events

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Regarding Carnival, Parody, and Double Consciousness as Strategy

  • “Playing with the devil and winning: Carnival and the Alchemy of Transmuting Misery Into Hope Through Performative Resistance”
  • “Blessing the Devil: Dualism, Parody and Double-Consciousness in the Congo Tradition of Portobelo, Panama”

Regarding “Blackness” in 20th Century Panama

  • “El Dia de la Etnia Negra: The Politics of Be(com)ing/Performing “Afropanameño”
  • “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: A “Sankofa” reflection on the Panama
    Canal’s relationship to 20th Century Race and Ethnicity in the Republic”

Regarding Critical/Performance Ethnography and the Digital Humanities

  • Digital Portobelo: On Critical/Performance Ethnography and a Decolonial Approach to the Digital
  • “The Devil is in the Details: Engaged Qualitative Research and the Digital Humanities”


“Traveling While _______”:  Race, Ethnicity, and the Bodies We Bring with Us

This 60-90 minute workshop is intended to help participants think about race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and nationality as important culturally situated “baggage” that we carry with us in conscious and unconscious ways as we travel. They not only mark our bodies in specific ways, but they also shape the way we think about ourselves and the world.

This workshop offers strategies to help participants reflect carefully and critically on the bodies and perspectives we bring with us as well as methods for approaching another’s culture with openness, grace, and a sense of wonder. We are often more careful in engaging in this type of critical reflection when we imagine a greater distance between ourselves and those we encounter. However, it is just as important to do so, if not more so, in places where that distance seems to shrink or disappear.

Format: Facilitators introduces tropic and frames it within the context of her research and experience. She then initiates an activity related to the topic and offers each participant time for personal written reflection, small group discussion and reflection, and large group reporting, feedback, and dialogue.