A performance by Assistant Professor of Gender Studies Evette Hornsby-Minor
appears in the online journal Liminalities, Volume 3, Issue 3 (2007).
The piece, If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again: An Ethnographic
Performance of Black Motherhood, is based on Hornsby-Minor's dissertation
and is a film by Rachel Ramist.
Founded in 2005, Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies is an
open-access, peer-reviewed online publication that "addresses two needs
in performance studies scholarship and practice: 1) expanding opportunities
to share peer-reviewed work, and 2) creating a space for the publication of
multimedia texts and projects that are difficult or impossible to publish in
traditional print venues."
The journal states, "Her dissertation, If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again:
A Narrative Ethnography and Performance Ethnography of Black Motherhood, is
grounded in a Black feminist theoretical framework and utilizes the methods
of narrative ethnography, the storytelling tradition of the African Diaspora
and performance ethnography to embody the lived experiences of Black women.
She has since developed If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again into a 45-minute
multimedia solo performance. She has performed this work at various venues,
including Sushi in San Diego and the Performance Arts Festival in St. Cloud,
MN. Her innovative and interdisciplinary method allows her to integrate her
experience as both a scholar and performer in a theatre performance that
bridges such performance art forms as dance, music and video."
More: Gender Studies
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Watch the film
on the Liminalities Web site
Posted: November 14, 2007