by Leda Fisher '19
Brown University professor Dixa Ramírez will explore the Dominican Republic’s relationship to the West and racial construction in the lecture, “Dominican Blackness, Ghosting, and Bad Patriots.” The talk will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium. The program will be preceded by a screening of the film Cocote, which was shot entirely in the Dominican Republic, on Monday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in Althouse Hall, Room 106. Both events are free and open to the public.
Ramírez will explore the miscategorization and misperception of the Dominican Republic in Western academia and Western culture. She will examine the ways film, architecture, fiction and poetry combat the Dominican Republic’s exclusion from the imagination of the Americas.
Ramírez is assistant professor of transnational African American literatures at Brown University. Her research focuses on the African diaspora, (post)colonial studies and critical race studies. Her first book, Colonial Phantoms: Belonging and Refusal in the Dominican Americas, from the 19th Century to the Present, addresses the place of the Dominican Republic in the creation of free black subjectivity in colonial modernity.
The program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of Spanish & Portuguese; Latin American, Latino & Caribbean studies; American studies; the Women’s & Gender Resource Center and The Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity.
Published February 7, 2019