Past Event

Sarah Bruno lecture, 'Emotional Dexterity: Afro-Puerto Rican Resistencia in Bomba’s Batey'

February 15, 2023
4:10 PM - 6:00 PM
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963 Schermerhorn Extension


Sarah Bruno's work centers on Blackness in Puerto Rico (and the States) and decolonial practices. She leans into music, dance, information technologies and emotions to animate her ideas of Puerto Ricans living in the hold of colonialism. Based on ethnographic material in Puerto Rico and Chicago, this talk centers bomba as the launchpad from which to map out a history of Black feeling amongst Afro-Puerto Rican women. With specific attention to embodied practices, Bruno theorizes how practices in bomba's dance circle, the batey, lend towards better understanding the recent social movements in Puerto Rico and the diaspora. More than that, by listening to and mirroring Puerto Rican history with bomba, Bruno is (re)membering Black genealogies and geographies that colonialism has tried to silence and thinks through an articulation of resistencia.