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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."

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Watch the film on the Liminalities Web site

Posted: November 14, 2007

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