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(Re)Voicing, (Re)Viewing, (Re)Inscribing and Healing the Future: Exploring the Question of Liberation through Black Women's Artistic Production in Contemporary Afro-Colombian Social Movements

Schrock, Lana Erin (2023) (Re)Voicing, (Re)Viewing, (Re)Inscribing and Healing the Future: Exploring the Question of Liberation through Black Women's Artistic Production in Contemporary Afro-Colombian Social Movements. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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My investigation exposes and analyzes the ways in which Afro-Colombian women artivists are conceptualizing new forms of liberation and freedom through writing, music, and filmmaking in contemporary Afro-Colombian social movements within the very spaces of social death and racial and political violence in which they reside. My dissertation consists of seven chapters that examine how these written, sonic and visual forms of artistry act as vessels for worldmaking that carry out the mission of creating a new, universal human as defined by Sylvia Wynter. In the first three chapters of my dissertation, I lay the groundwork for my exploration of Afro-Colombian women’s art by providing background on this sector of social movements and artistry as well as my own theory on (re)voicing, (re)viewing, and (re)inscribing as it pertains to Afro-Colombian women’s art and Wynter’s humanizing mission. In chapter four, I look at the 2012 drama film Chocó and a documentary film on alabado singers, Voces de Resistencia. In chapter five, I break down the music of two female Afro-Colombian hip-hop artists, Cynthia Montaño and Gloria “Goyo” Martínez. In chapter six, I discuss Úrsula Mena Lozano’s study on Afro-Colombian poetry, Indicios para leer el amor en la poesía negra chocoana and Hazel Robinson Abraham’s novel No Give Up, Maan, ¡No te rindas! Finally, in chapter 7, I conclude my findings on how Afro-Colombian women’s artistry can indeed lead to healing. Ultimately, my dissertation lends itself as a contribution to the growing scholarship on modern-day Afro-Colombian social movements, the artistic genres that have stemmed from it in the last few decades, and the question of being, Blackness, and womanhood on an international stage. This project brings together works that have never been discussed before in the context of Sylvia Wynter’s human, thus shedding new light on the ways in which we can conceive of this art as more than sociopolitical protest, but as a healing, lifechanging, worldview-altering force for positivity and ontological freedom.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schrock, Lana Erinles169@pitt.edules169
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBranche, Jerome
Committee MemberKim, Junyoung
Committee MemberRivera, Serena
Committee MemberOwens, Imani
Date: 26 January 2023
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 9 November 2022
Approval Date: 26 January 2023
Submission Date: 13 November 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 187
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Colombia, Afro-Colombian social movements, artivism, Sylvia Wynter, blackness and being
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2023 14:53
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2023 14:53


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