September 12, 2019

Art + Research Center fall 2019: The Black Hemisphere

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami)

Organizers protesting anti-Black genocide in Brazil. Courtesy Dr. João H. Costa Vargas.

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) continues the fourth annual program for its flagship application-based research and education initiative, the Art + Research Center (A+RC). The forthcoming fall semester 2019, titled The Black Hemisphere, will look at self-understandings of Blackness in the Americas, as well as critically explore different processes of anti-Blackness and cultural marginalization. This semester aims to develop a panoramic view of the continent and track both the continuities and differences that characterized the multiple contexts in which Afro-descendent populations live, thrive, and struggle, from Honduras to Cuba, and from Brazil to Canada.

Among the participating faculty are: Dr. Rinaldo Walcott, Professor and Director of the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto; Dr. João H. Costa Vargas, Professor at the University of California, San Diego; Dr. Tianna Paschel, Associate Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at the Haas Institute, University of California, Berkeley; Dr. Erica James, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Miami; and, Dr. Andrea Queeley, Associate Professor of Anthropology and African and African Diaspora Studies.

Organized by Dr. Jafari S. Allen and Gean Moreno, The Black Hemisphere sets the ground for a long-term pedagogical collaboration between University of Miami’s Africana Studies Program and ICA Miami’s Art + Research Center that will explore critical positions developed by thinkers of the global African diaspora.

Applications are available now at The deadline to apply is Monday, September 23. Admission is free for those accepted into the program. ICA Miami members, college students, and national and international artists and cultural producers are encouraged to apply, however space is limited.

Visiting Faculty
Dr. Tianna S. Paschel
is the Associate Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley. Her research centers on analyzing the intersection of racial ideology, politics, and globalization in Latin America and the United States. Dr. Paschel is a Ford Fellow, member of the American Political Science Association Task Force on Race and Class Inequality, the Council of the Law Section and the Human Rights Section of ASA, the Executive Council of the Brazilian Studies Association, and the Steering Committee of the Network of Anti-Racist Action and Research (RAIAR).

Dr. João H. Costa Vargas is a professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. His publications include Catching Hell in the City of Angels (2006), Never Meant to Survive (2008), State of White Supremacy, co-edited by Moon-Kie Jung, and Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (2011), and The Denial of Antiblackness: Multiracial Redemption and Black Suffering (2018).

Dr. Rinaldo Walcott is a Professor and Director of the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. As an interdisciplinary scholar, Rinaldo has published on music, literature, film and theater and policy among other topics. Rinaldo’s research is founded in a philosophical orientation that is concerned with the ways in which coloniality shapes human relations across social and cultural time. His research and publication focuses on Black cultural politics; histories of colonialism in the Americas, multiculturalism, citizenship, and diaspora; gender and sexuality; and social, cultural and public policy.

Dr. Erica Moiah James is an art historian, curator, and Assistant Professor at the University of Miami. Her research centers on modern and contemporary art of the Caribbean, African and African American Diasporas. Her forthcoming book is entitled After Caliban: Caribbean Art in the Global Imaginary. She is a 2019 fellow at UM’s Humanities Center and a 2019–22 Research Associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Center, University of Johannesburg, S.A.

Dr. Andrea Queeley is Associate Professor of Anthropology and African and African Diaspora Studies at Florida International University. Her research concerns African Diasporic subject formation, migration, and the negotiation of globalized structural inequalities. Situating these processes within the specificities of national and international political moments, Dr. Queeley explores questions of social hierarchy and diversity within the African Diaspora.

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