Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance

Moving between theatre, experimental video, revolutionary protest, photography, poetry, and performance art, Ricanness stages scenes in which the philosophical, social, and psychic merge at the site of aesthetic practices. Sandra Ruiz theorizes Ricanness as a way to imagine, dream, and construct alternate forms of existence under colonialism, across bodies of water, beyond the annexation of land.

Sandra Ruiz is an assistant professor of Latina/Latino Studies and English at the University ofIllinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Program in Comparative World Literature, the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, and the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies. Ruiz is the author of Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance, recently published with NYU Press (July 2019). Ruiz is the co-founder of the Brown Theatre Collective; the creator of La Estación Gallery, and a series co-editor for Minoriatrian Aesthetics (NYU Press). She is currently working on two book projects: Perilous Pedagogy: Psychoanalytic Affections & the Live Aesthetic, and a book of poetry entitled The Edge of Depth.

Wilson Valentín-Escobar, PhD. is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Director of the Bachelor of Liberal Arts Program, University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is a curator and scholar of American, Ethnic and Latinx Studies, and also works in the Public Humanities. He has curated various exhibits including, “¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York” at the Loisaida Inc. Center in New York City. He has been published in various journals and book anthologies and has two forthcoming books, one with NYU Press, tentatively titled: Bodega Surrealism: Latinx Artivists in New York City, and Rican-Structing the Roots and Routes of Puerto Rican Music, to be published by Centro Press (2020).

Christina A. León is Assistant Professor of English at Princeton University where she focuses on Latinx, Caribbean, and hemispheric literatures, in addition to critical engagements with feminist theory, queer theory, and performance studies. She is currently completing her first book, Radiant Opacity: Aesthetic, Ethical, and Material Relations in Latinidad. She has published and forthcoming work in Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory, Sargasso: a Journal of Caribbean Language, Literature & Culture, Small Axe, ASAP/Journal, and Curiosity Studies: A New Ecology of Knowledge (University of Minnesota Press), as well as translations in the forthcoming Havana Reader (Duke University Press).