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Ivy Mills

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

Center for African Studies


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.


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