‘Women in Caribbean Carnival: Power, Performance and Play’ Women in Caribbean Carnival: Power, Performance and Play
- Teams Online
- Wednesday 6 April 2022, 14:10–16:00
- Nicola Williams: email@example.com
ACL Research Seminar Series
Emily Marshall - Leeds Beckett University
Emily will introduce the historical and cultural contexts of Caribbean Carnival in the UK and the Caribbean and share her ongoing ‘Women in Carnival’ research. She will reflect on the work of her Women in Carnival network and her recent research trip to Trinidad, during which she interviewed, filmed and engaged with key female carnival performers, academics and carnival makers.
Emily secured funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to forge a unique research network focused on ‘Women in Caribbean Carnival’. The Women in Carnival Research network is the first international network of carnival scholars and artists focusing on the changing roles of women in carnival (inclusive of anyone who self identifies as a woman).
One of the main criticisms aimed at contemporary Caribbean carnivals by traditionalists is that they no longer seek to challenge the power of the establishment and have become a spectacle of the female body. The Women in Carnival project, through the creation of an international network and the delivery of a series of multi-disciplinary workshops, explores the many new ways women are using carnival as a platform for gender advocacy and feminist activism.