Three Online ERASMUS Guest Lectures by Patricia Peñate

Jan 18, 2022

12 noon – 2 p.m.: From Lemonade to Homecoming: Beyoncé’s Spatial Politics (Host: Sonja Georgi)
4 – 6 p.m.: Project Presentation “Sistrunk” with Professor Elizabeth West, Georgia State U (Hosts: Axel Schäfer, Mita Banerjee, Oliver Scheiding)
6 – 8 p.m.: Zora Neale Hurston’s and Lydia Cabrera’s Transcultural Approaches to Conjuring Feminism (Host: Oliver Scheiding)

Access:
For access to the online lectures, please contact the respective lecturers and professors who host Patricia Peñate for her individual lectures.

Patricia Coloma Peñate is an Assistant Professor of English at Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia (Spain). She holds a PhD in English with a specialization in African American and Afro-Cuban literature and folklore, and a certificate in Latin American Studies from Georgia State University (2012). In her research, Dr. Coloma Peñate focuses on African American literature, U.S.  Ethnic and immigration literature. Concretely she interrogates the intersections between space, race, spirituality and female identity. She has published book chapters in New Methodological Approaches to Foreign Language Teaching (2017). The Lemonade Reader (2019) among others, several articles and book reviews.

12 noon – 2 p.m.: From Lemonade to Homecoming: Beyoncé’s Spatial Politics

This talk examines the way in which pop singer Beyoncé has recently employed space in her music videos as a visual  paradigm that centralizes the African American experience in predominantly white enclaves. Such maneuver decentralizes notions of power and agency by also providing a feminist agenda and  a discourse about black is beautiful. Essential in her employment of space is the singer’s celebration of her identity as a black creole woman,  whose sense of self is rooted in an African American intellectual and artistic tradition as well as in her own ancestry.

4 – 6 p.m.: Project Presentation “Sistrunk” with Professor Elizabeth West, Georgia State U)

Patricia Penate contributes to Elizabeth West’s project on “Sistrunk” as Spanish Expert. Together they will talk about and discuss the project.

6 – 8 p.m.: Zora Neale Hurston’s and Lydia Cabrera’s Transcultural Approaches to Conjuring Feminism

This talk examines Hurston’s and Cabrera’s anthropological works from a transcultural perspective. Paying special attention to the way in which these two folklorists portrayed African-based spirituality in its relation to female identity, this talk proposes how they provided an anthropological perspective of what has recently been addressed as ‘conjuring feminism’.

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