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"Embracing Curls, Natural Hair, and the Pajon:Afro-Dominicanness and the Reconstruction of Racial Identity through Hair"

Guest Speaker: Dr. Kimberly Simmons' lecture explores the natural hair movement taking place in the Dominican Republic where women view natural hair as a sign of beauty, resistance, and personal expression of Afro-Dominicanness. Having straight hair is often the norm and is promoted in print and television media as the standard of beauty and definition of what is socially acceptable in Dominican society. This is changing as the natural hair movement gains momentum in the Dominican Republic and represents a significant and symbolic shift signaling changing views of Afro-Dominican identity where hair straightening has served as a symbolic erasure of African ancestry. This lecture highlights the ways in which Dominican hair stylists, activists, and others organize around and embrace natural hair as an expression of Blackness and belonging to a larger African diaspora community.

Tuesday, February 5 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Strong Hall, B1
1621 West Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Topic

Humanities & Social Sciences, Diversity & Inclusion

Audience

Current Students, Faculty & Staff

Tags

Black History Month

Department

Africana Studies Program

Contact Name

Nanette Rodgers

Contact Email

nrodgers@utk.edu

Contact Phone

8659745052

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Cedeno-Erazo, Ruben

Cedeno-Erazo, Ruben left a positive review 2/5/2019

It was a great talk from Dr. Simmons and very interesting to understand how black females in the Dominican Republic and other places in Latin America are expressing their ethnicity through the care of their hair and how that endeavor is affecting their society.