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Tanya SaundersTanya Saunders
Assistant Professor, Department of African American and African Studies
Ohio State University

Dr. Tanya L. Saunders is an Assistant Professor in the Department of African American and African Studies.  Dr. Saunders' academic interests are in the areas of Coloniality Studies/Postcolonial theory, Cultural Studies/Sociology of Culture, Afro-Latino Studies, arts-based social movements, race, gender, sexuality and critical queer theory.  She is interested in the ways in which the African Diaspora, throughout the Americas - especially Afro-descendent gender and sexual minorities, have used the arts as a tool for social change.  She has published in journals such as Latin American Perspectives, The Caribbean Review of Gender and Studies, Black Women, Gender and the Family, Feminist Media Studies, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society and has published articles both in Cuba and in Brazil.  She has several forthcoming articles and book chapters, the most recent (at the time of this writing) is a 2013 Chapter in the anthology Black Gender and Sexualities. She was also a 2011-2012 Fulbright scholar to Brazil where she began work on her current project, which compares Hip Hop Feminism and Black Anarcha-feminism in Brazil.  

Her current book Cuban Underground Hip Hop: Black Thoughts, Black Revolution and Black Modernity (2015), is available from the University of Texas Press.   She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Master of International Development Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. --

Cuban Underground Hip Hop: Black Thoughts, Black Revolution, Black Modernity (Latin American and Caribbean Arts and Culture)
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Call for Papers: Black Diaspora Review Special Issue on the Afro Descendants in Post-Embargo Cuba  3/21/2015 Caribbean Studies Association: "The Black Diaspora Review (BDR) invites submissions for a special issue dedicated to the theme of Afro Descendants in Post-Embargo Cuba. We will accept contributions from a broad spectrum of disciplines including (but not limited to) history, sociology, psychology, anthropology and cultural studies. The editors invite submissions of original, previously unpublished manuscripts centered on the future of Cuban African Diaspora Studies in Post-Embargo Cuba, including the mission, areas of study, ideology, and methodologies. These aspects explore the ways in which Cuban African Diaspora Studies is interdisciplinary, includes intellectual production outside of the Cuban academy, and to consider its future in Cuba."

Book Reviews Flaming Souls: Homosexuality, Homophobia, and Social Change in Barbados  4/1/2014 Academia 

La Lucha Mujerista: Krudas CUBENSI 1 and Black Feminist Sexual Politics in Cuba  6/1/2009 UWI Center for gender: "This essay analyzes the discursive intervention of the Cuban Underground hip-hop group, Las Krudas CUBENSI, whose members are Black feminist activists. From 1998 to 2006, their work in Cuba centered on challenging the oppressive discourses concerning Black women and Black lesbians within Cuban society. Las Krudas link Black women‘s, particularly Black lesbians‘, oppression to the ideological legacies of colonialism. I argue that Las Krudas‘ feminist discourse is a Black feminist critique because of their choice of art, particularly hip-hop, as a political aesthetic. Las Krudas‘ feminist discourse has become a key discourse within the hip-hop community. The data for this essay are drawn from ethnography, textual analysis, and interviews collected from 1998 to 2006."

Saunders sheds light on Cuban underground culture  3/31/2008 Lehigh University: "Tanya Saunders spends many a day tucked into her office in Price Hall from morning until night, plugging away at her dissertation and preparing a book manuscript. But in recent months, her writing has been interrupted by the chime of her e-mail, which she quickly attends to. She permits the distraction because many such e-mails bring good news from Cuban musicians and artists who have sorted out schedules, documentation and paperwork in anticipation of joining her for an upcoming conference here at Lehigh. Saunders, a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan, has been planning a first-of-its kind event called “El Proyecto,” which will bring her dissertation and years of research on Cuban culture to life. “El Proyecto seeks to play a key role in the global hip-hop movement and in Cuba’s underground hip-hop movement,” according to Saunders. “It’s the first international platform to reunite Cuban underground hip-hop artists and the global hip-hop movement in performance, art and discourse.” "

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