Queer Hyenas: Exclusion and Sanctuary in Senegalese Visual Culture
Colloquium | May 2 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
Ivy Mills, Lecturer, History of Art, UC Berkeley
Dr. Ivy Mills is a lecturer in the Visual and Literary Cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora in the History of Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley. A recipient of Fulbright, FLAS, and Rocca grants, she conducted research on Senegalese cultural production and taught college courses during a four-year residency in Dakar, Senegal; she then earned her PhD in African Diaspora Studies from UC Berkeley in 2011. Her current book project, provisionally titled Iconographies of Exclusion: Gender, Animality, and the Limits of Community in Senegalese Visual Culture, argues that contemporary figurations of abjection and violability cohere through a referencing of the logics and symbols of older hierarchies of caste and slavery. In this tradition, the limits of humanness and therefore of communal protection are imagined through queer, socially dead figures like the hyena and donkey. She is also working on projects on comedic whiteface performance; on the visualization of gendered piety and virtue in Wolof melodrama and contemporary art; and on flows of popular culture between Senegal and India.