Book Launch: Leticia Alvarado, "Abject Performances: Aesthetic Strategies in Latino Cultural Production"

Nicholson House, 71 George St, Providence RI 02912

Leticia Alvarado, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and American Studies in the Department of American Studies, Brown University

Deborah Vargas, Rutgers University 
Macarena Gómez-Barris, Pratt Institute
Patricia Ybarra, Brown University

Abject Performances draws out the irreverent, disruptive aesthetic strategies used by Latino artists and cultural producers who shun standards of respectability. Alvarado centers negative affect to capture experiences that lie at the edge of the mainstream Latino-centered social justice struggles to illuminate modes of community formation and social critique defined by a refusal of identitarian coherence that nonetheless coalesce into affiliation and possibility.

Presented by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) and the Department of American Studies and Ethnic Studies. 

Book sale, signing and light reception to follow.  Free and open to the public.