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Symposium: Black Imaginaries/ Scandinavian Diasporas

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ART, ACTIVISM AND DECOLONIZATION: Black Imaginaries:/Scandinavian Diasporas is a week-long series of lectures, performances, and workshops exploring their mutual (and sometimes collaborative) artistic and activist explorations of the aesthetics of decolonization in Denmark and Sweden, as well as in the US Virgin Islands, which were known as the Danish West Indies for nearly 200 years. In recent years, artists/activists in Denmark, Sweden, and St. Croix have been at the forefront of movements to acknowledge and reckon with Scandinavia’s colonial history and the relation of this history to racial imaginaries and modes of national belonging in Europe and the Caribbean.

Artists La Vaughn Belle (Virgin Islands, Jeannette Ehlers (Denmark) and Ellen Nyman (Sweden) will be in conversation during this week. Invited by Monica L. Miller, Associate Professor, Departments of English and Africana Studies, and Tami Navarro, Associate Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women.

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