I’m compiling material for a panel at the American Studies Association conference, happening in Puerto Rico next week. The title?
On Alter Egos and Infinite Literacies, Part 2 (An #AntiJemimas Imperative)
Read Part I here.
I’m presenting with Fleshy Prof but I’ll basically be playing myself (yeah, wrap your minds around that). And the entire family is invited: Zora Walker, the Sable Fan Gyrl, the WOC Survival Kit–even Pretty Magnolia’s fine ass.
This little intellectual endeavor comes at a difficult time. Personally and professionally, I am heavy, struggling to find my voice and stake my claim. Balancing, consolidating, and exposing the alters will be like walking into a cold classroom filled with hostile, condescending adults and stripping down to a bright red thong. It will be sexy, nerve-wracking, and vaguely reminiscent of slavery.
While pulling the material for the presentation together, I’m realizing I’m more of a practitioner than I ever thought. The #AntiJemimas are more than a project. They are a lifestyle (note the new blog title) and a survival imperative. So what does presentating a practice look like…in practice? How does it roll into the audience? Does it wave goodbye when attendees come and go? Does it LOL? Does it (O_o)?
There is touching to be done in Puerto Rico. Touching and laughing and mindstroking and healing are waiting for me. And I can’t wait.
But damn. I’m not really that much of a voyeur to be so exposed.