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REEES Virtual Talk with Ian MacMillen
The Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies Program presents Dr. Ian MacMillen, Yale University, to discuss "African American Performance in Post-WWII Soviet/Yugoslav Space and Screens."

Throughout the 20th century, and especially after WWII, people of African descent immigrated to the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia from both sub-Saharan Africa and its diasporas in North America. Yet in both federal socialist republics, locals of non-African descent were often less likely to have contact with or reason to think about local Black citizens than they were to encounter elite African American performers, either through their tours or through the mediation and dissemination of their work (in all cases arranged and overseen by high-ranking Communist Party officials and/or the U.S. State Department and Information Agency). This talk examines comparatively the history of postwar African American performance (especially music) in the USSR and Yugoslavia and its effects upon audio-visual culture in both countries and particularly within their films.

Dec 16, 2020 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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