Asserting Self through the Arts: Black Identity in the Nineteenth-Century United States & Colonial Nigeria

Definition: The speakers are: Dr. Olubukola A. Gbadegesin, Assistant Professor, Fine and Performing Arts, Saint Louis University; and Dr. Katrina Thompson, Assistant Professor, History, Saint Louis University.

The panelists will present a cross-cultural perspective on the various creative uses of visual and performing arts by African-Americans in antebellum United States and Africans in colonial Nigeria as articulations of their identity. They will demonstrate how people of color, living in environments where hierarchical and racial frameworks that relegated them to subjugated socio-cultural positions, used innovative artistic techniques and exploited ambivalent spaces to symbolically express their agency, and to negotiate relations of power.

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