Sarah Bruno F'20

Sarah  Bruno
Doctoral Candidate
Anthropology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2020
Doctoral Candidate
Anthropology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Emotion in Motion: Bomba Puertorriqueña, the Archive, and Diasporas

This project examines Afro-Puerto Rican women’s usage of bomba, an Afro-Puerto Rican dance, to heal themselves and their communities in the wake of disaster. “Emotion in Motion” joins Black feminist historians in compiling an affective archive. Do women practitioners of bomba embody particular affective profiles in daily life against postcolonial stressors? How do these bomberas use dance to recover their lost past and heal from the ongoing trauma of disaster? Can feelings have a history? This project, which lies at the nexus of archival research and ethnographic methods, performance analysis, and dance, compiles and examines bomberas’ affective profiles throughout history and ethnographically uncovers Afro-Puerto Rican women’s emotional dexterity as they navigate (post)coloniality.