KELETA-MAE

Naila Keleta-Mae – 2023 Dorothy Killam Fellow

Black and Free: What it means to be Black and Free in the 21st century

University of Waterloo

Black And Free investigates the under-examined area of freedom in Black expressive culture and simultaneously creates and disseminates a body of academic and artistic work that contributes not only to the vitality of Black Studies and Black communities, but also to wider academic and public audiences.

Dr. Keleta-Mae’s research establishes a theoretical foundation for interdisciplinary investigation that opens a new line of inquiry into the question of freedom across different forms of Black expressive culture. Freedom, as expressed in artistic practices, remains underexplored as a distinct theme within theatre, performance, feminist and Black studies. Research into transnational and transhistorical artistic expressions of Black freedom has the potential to orient the fields of theatre, performance, feminist and Black studies towards the ways in which Black artists use the idea, experience, and expression of freedom to imagine our world anew.

Drawing on theatre, performance, feminist, and critical race studies, Black And Free investigates the under-examined area of freedom in Black expressive culture and simultaneously creates and disseminates a body of academic and artistic work that contributes not only to the vitality of Black Studies and Black communities, but also to wider academic and public audiences.

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