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Virtual Book Launch: Being La Dominicana by Rachel Afi Quinn, Ph.D

October 18, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Book Launch, Being La Dominicana: Race and Identity in the Visual Culture of Santo Domingo.
Dr. Rachel Afi Quinn in Conversation with Dr. LeConté Dill.
October 18th, 2021 at 5:30 PM CST

Dr. Rachel Afi Quinn is an Associate Professor in Comparative Cultural Studies and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at the University of Houston, teaching transnational feminist cultural studies and critical race theory in courses on black girlhood and global studies while engaged in public scholarship. Being La Dominicana is her first book.
Book launch will be in conversation with Dr. LeConté Dill. Dr. LeConté Dill is an Associate Professor in the Department of African American and African Studies at Michigan State University. In her work as a community-accountable scholar, educator, and poet, she listens to and shows up for urban Black girls and works to rigorously document their experiences of safety, resilience, resistance, and wellness.

“Rachel Afi Quinn investigates how visual media portray Dominican women and how women represent themselves in their own creative endeavors in response to existing stereotypes. Delving into the dynamic realities and uniquely racialized gendered experiences of women in Santo Domingo, Quinn reveals the way racial ambiguity and color hierarchy work to shape experiences of identity and subjectivity in the Dominican Republic. She merges analyses of context and interviews with young Dominican women to offer rare insights into a Caribbean society in which the tourist industry and popular media reward, and rely upon, the ability of Dominican women to transform themselves to perform gender, race, and class. Engaging and astute, Being La Dominicana reveals the little-studied world of today’s young Dominican women and what their personal stories and transnational experiences can tell us about the larger neoliberal world.”


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