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UWI Questions Future of Capoeira

For Release Upon Receipt - November 22, 2007

St. Augustine

On November 28, The University of the West Indies (UWI), Centre for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS) will host “Consuming Capoeira”, a presentation by Chanzo Greenidge, a Ph.D. candidate at the UWI Graduate Institute of International Relations. The presentation, which is part of the ongoing CGDS Lunchtime Seminar Series, will take place in the CGDS Seminar Room from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Based on reflections from capoeiragem in Europe, North America, the Caribbean and Brazil, this presentation questions the future of black counterculture, and introduces emerging collaborative work on identity, movement and terrestrial resistance in the Global South.

Capoeira, one of the many forms of martial arts developed in the Atlantic by African migrants, has experienced a diaspora of its own. The increasing popularity and constant reinterpretation of the artform, which now has practitioners in over 150 countries worldwide, have multiplied the faultlines that characterize Capoeira’s uneasy relationship with global capitalism.