Oberlin College and Conservatory

Are You Ready For This: Consent and Women's Agency in Carnival Culture

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 12:00pm

Wilder Hall, Room 112
135 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Beyond dance and pageantry, Carnival traditions in the Eastern Caribbean have origins in resistance to slavery and colonialism.  As a contested space that has historically been the site of simultaneous celebration and conflict, contemporary carnival continues to grapple with issues of color, class, sexuality, gender, and power. 

Meredith Gadsby, associate professor of Africana studies and comparative American studies at Oberlin, will deliver a talk focused on women's agency in the age of consent as it relates to the mass production of Carnival throughout the region and the Caribbean diaspora.

As a precursor to this year's carnival-themed BHM masquerade ball, Prof. Gadsby will also talk about the history of carnival in the Caribbean. 


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Signature Programs, Black History Month, Lectures/Symposia/Workshops


Academic, Africana Studies

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Candice Raynor

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