The Music, Language, and Culture Workshop

EthNoise! Presents: Melissa Castillo Planas


Dear all,
Please join us Today, May 4th from 5:00–6:30pm CT on Zoom, featuring Dr. Melissa Castillo Planas (CUNY). It is truly an honor to have Melissa discuss her work and forthcoming chapter with us. We are also very excited to be co-sponsoring this session with the Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop! We hope to see you there!

Dr. Melissa Castillo Planas
Associate Professor of English, Lehman College & The Graduate Center, CUNY
“Somos Guerreras: Queer Feminist Hip Hop in Latin America”
Today, May 4th | 5:00–6:30 pm CT
Respondent: Varshini Narayanan, PhD Candidate in the Department of Music
Cosponsored by Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop
Abstract: In this multi-media, multi-genre presentation, Dr. Castillo Planas will present three distinct examples of Latin American and Latinx creative expressions of feminism: Queer, Decolonial and Afro-Latina within Hip Hop. Through an analysis of these varied texts and contexts, Dr. Castillo Planas will explore how, where and why these Hip Hop poetics serve to advance a feminist expression across the Americas.
Biography: Dr. Melissa Castillo Planas is an Associate Professor of English at Lehman College in the Bronx, NY and the CUNY Graduate Center PhD program in English specializing in Latinx Literature and Culture. She is the author of the poetry collection Coatlicue Eats the Apple, editor of the anthology, ¡Manteca!: An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets, and co-editor of La Verdad: An International Dialogue on Hip Hop Latinidades. Her most recent scholarly book project, A Mexican State of Mind: New York City and the New Borderlands of Culture (2020), examines the creative worlds and cultural productions of Mexican migrants in New York City. Her second book of poetry, Chingona Rules was a Gold Medal Winner of the Juan Felipe Herrera Best Poetry Book Award, International Latino Book Awards (2022). Finally. her co-edited volume, Scholars in COVID Times is forthcoming with Cornell University Press in 2023.

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