Feb 01, 2021 Feb 01, 2021
12:00PM 02:00PM Creating Communitas: African American Doll Bloggers Animate Black Dolls as Sites of Signification: School: All Emory UniversityDepartment / Organization: James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and DifferenceMeeting Organizer/Sponsor: James Weldon Johnson InstituteSpeaker/Presenter: Paulette Richards - Independent ResearcherEvent Open To: All (Public)Cost: FreeRegistration / R.S.V.P. link: https://emory.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dTWNMy38TmOnN6LfxzlmhgContact Name: Rhonda PatrickContact Email: rhonda.patrick@emory.eduThis study explores the work of three African American artists who maintained doll blogs and animated their dolls in short video narratives between 2010 and 2015. Although puppetry usually excludes dolls on the grounds that dolls are ostensibly for static display or private play while puppets are animated in performances before an audience, these videos are significant as instances of African American object performance.  By focusing on adult women of color who not only collect, but also play with dolls, this analysis extends girlhood studies, which, as a sub-discipline of gender studies has approached doll play from historical, anthropological, and psychological perspectives (Bernstein 2011, Chin 1999, Forman-Brunell 2012).  By considering You Tube as a platform where tens if not hundreds of thousands of girls and women produce, disseminate, and view visual narratives using dolls to represent myriad fictional worlds, this presentation also addresses a large body of work that film studies scholars have essentially ignored.  Finally reviewing this body of work offers a model of how puppeteers can connect with audiences at a time when the future of live theater is uncertain. + Zoom Event Campus Events
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