February 08, 2012

Sociologist Monika Gosin

By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Sociologist Monika Gosin will give the talk, "Black and Brown: The Hip Hop Connection," Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Social Science Colloquium series, "Shades of Black and Brown: Afro-Latino/a Interactions."

"From its origins in the South Bronx to the streets of Los Angeles and the Bay, Hip Hop has been a key site of Black and Brown cultural exchange," said Gosin, an assistant professor of sociology at William & Mary.

"This talk takes a look back at Hip Hop's beginnings and traces current realities, dissecting debates over Hip Hop ownership and illuminating Afro-diasporic ties between African-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican Hip Hop participants. It will examine how Hip Hop has been used by Blacks and Latinos as a tool for self-representation and resistance, and how Hip Hop illuminates the racial, gendered and linguistic politics that shape African-American and Latino/a lives," she said.

The recipient of a doctorate in ethnic studies from the University of California, San Diego, Gosin previously worked as a postdoctoral associate for the Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South at Duke University. Her teaching areas include Latino and Africana studies, intergroup relations, and race and gender in media and popular culture. Her current research examines the intersections of immigration, Latinidad, and blackness in the lives and representations of Afro-Cubans who live in the U.S.

Gosin also will participate in the faculty/staff lunch talk, "Afro Cubans in Miami and L.A.: Navigating the Boundaries of Blackness and Latinidad," which will examine the ways in which a sample of Afro-Cubans living in Miami and Los Angeles negotiate their Black and Latino identities in two highly diverse cities.

The series, which is held in recognition of the United Nation's declaration of 2011 as the International Year of People of African Descent, will examine the histories and contemporary experiences, identities and cultural products of Afro-Latino/as in Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States.

The colloquium also will explore the shared histories and collaborations between African Americans and Latin American and Latino communities in their struggles against racial oppression. The colloquium is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender, the President's Office, and the Departments of Music and English.

Other speakers in the series are: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva who will discuss the racial grammar of racism in the United States on March 22; and Patricia de Santana Pinho who will discuss blackness, whiteness and resistance to racism in Brazil on April 5.

Contact: Division of Communications

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