Embodying the “discourse of rights:” Women’s Performance and the Terrains of Gender Justice in Jamaica

  • Friday, February 15, 2019 • 10:00 am
  • Simon Hall, Room 23, Simon Hall, John M. Olin School of Business, Olympian Way and, Forsyth Blvd

In this talk Professor Nicosia Shakes resists the Jamaican pro-choice activism of 2008-09 through a critical analysis of the play, A Slice of Reality, produced by The Sistren Theatre Collective. A Slice of Reality made history as the first play to be performed in the Jamaican House of Parliament. Shakes links this performance to the public activism against gender-based violence that gained ground in the English-speaking Caribbean from 2015-2018, including marches and social justice campaigns. She argues that public theatre is a vital site of knowledge production on the intersections of gender, race and class in the Caribbean, and the spatial manifestations of gender inequalities.

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