Wednesday, October 5, 2011

theycallmezorawalker:The Mobile Homecoming Project:  Two...


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The Mobile Homecoming Project:  Two young queer black women, Julia Wallace of Queer Renaissance and Alexis Pauline Gumbs of BrokenBeautiful Press, travel the country collecting oral histories of queer black same-gender-loving elders, learning about the people who have been integral in transforming the black queer movement since the 1980s or earlier, piecing together an intergenerational connection.  Wallace and Gumbs are dedicated to the creation of an experiential archive widely accessible through video interviews, performance, new media, blogs and scholarly articles, and to collecting artifacts to supplement existing archives.  Their mobile studio is an eco-friendly RV; it is both a means of transportation and a physical "home "for the project and for the artistic, organizing, and intellectual work of its creators. The Mobile Homecoming Project has been called a "reminder that histories that are erased from mainstream circles cannot be erased from our memories. We hold the power to preserve our stories and draw our family trees as we know them."  For the week of October 10th, 2011 the Mobile Homecoming Project will be in residence at the University of Maryland.  Please mark your calendar and tell your students! On Monday, October 10:  12:00-2:00 p.m., 1102J Key Hall – ARHU graduate students are invited to join Julia Wallace and Alexis Pauline Gumbs for lunch and conversation — about creating research, teaching, and publishing careers outside the academy. On Monday, October 10:  4:00-6:00 p.m., 2101 Woods Hall– Please join us for a Welcoming Reception and Tour of the Mobile Homecoming Project Revolutionary Vehicle. On Wednesday, October 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Ulrich Recital Hall (1121 Tawes Hall) – Mobile Homecoming Project, "Ritual Proof:  Practicing Queer Black Intergenerational Love."   Through performance and video narratives Wallace and Gumbs share the LGBT/queer history they are collecting and discuss the significance of oral histories, the arts, and community building to LGBT/queer life in both the past and present.    Throughout the week Wallace and Gumbs will visit classes and at the end of the week will work with selected students to create an audio based on interviews collected in Maryland. The Mobile Homecoming Project's University of Maryland residency is sponsored by the Women's Studies Department; African American Political Culture Workshop of the Department of History;  College of Arts and Humanities; African American Studies Department; American Studies Department; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Program; Women's Studies Multimedia Studio, and the Curriculum Transformation Project. For more information, contact Elsa Barkley Brown ( Elsa Barkley BrownAssociate Professor of History and Women's StudiesUniversity of MarylandCollege Park, Maryland 20742U.S.A.barkleyb@umd.edu


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