Five College Consortium

Brazilian dancer and scholar visits Latin American studies program

Brazilian dancer and scholar Amélia Conrado will discuss “Afro-Bahian Dances: Values and Contradictions at the Borders of Globalization.” The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be March 3, at 4 p.m. in room 2601 of the W.E.B. DuBois Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The event will be followed by a reception at 6 p.m. in the same location.

Conrado, a professor of dance and education at the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil, is this year’s distinguished visitor to the Five College Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies Program. She is coediting the anthology Dance, Race, Nation in/from Bahia with Amherst College Associate Professor of Spanish Lucía Suárez, who nominated her for this visit. In her lecture, Conrado will present parts of her research and writing from the anthology.

In addition to her teaching, Conrado is a Capoeira master, dancer and choreographer, and she recently held a post-doctorate in Paris working with African diaspora dance traditions. Throughout her residency, Conrado will visit several classes, leading dance workshops and guest speaking, at four campuses.

This is the second residency on the theme of “translatinidades” that the Five College Latin American Studies program has hosted since 2012. The first distinguished visitor from Latin America was Angel Quintero Rivera, director of the Social Research Center of the University of Puerto Rico. He led a seminar on the transnational geographies of cultural and intellectual production in the Caribbean and Latin America.

For more information about this event, contact Suárez at