We are pleased to share that IDSVA student, Jeca Rodríguez Colón, contributed the chapter "The Madonna's Breast and the Surprise of the Real: From Ideal to Embodied" to the forthcoming publication, Breasts Across Motherhood: Lived Experiences and Critical Examinations. The book is edited by Patricia Drew and Rosann Edwards and published by Demeter Press.
Additionally, Rodríguez Colón presented her paper "The Gaze Economy of (m)others," as part of the 28th IAFFE Annual Conference: Solidarities and Challenges at the Intersection of Inequalities at Glasgow Caledonian University in June 2019, and will present "From the Baquiné to the Streets: Performances of Grief," at the The First International Queer Death Studies Conference: “Death Matters, Queer(ing) Mourning, Attuning to Transitionings” at Karlstad University in Sweden.
Jeca Rodríguez Colón is a Puerto Rican artist and scholar living in New York City. Her research focuses on maternal politics and performances in the Americas, ranging from evaluating maternal politics and aesthetics in media, to performance arts and visual arts. In her work, she questions the societal prescription of motherhood and how aesthetic representations of the maternal influences maternal performances. Rodríguez Colón has participated at conferences in the United States and Europe, including the Film-Philosophy Conference in Sweden. She also has a creative practice that ranges from performance arts and video to installations. Her work has been presented in the Americas, Europe, and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tapei. As an educator, she teaches dance, performance, and art history. She is currently a Hemispheric Institute Fellow and was awarded the The Adam Smith Fellowship a co-sponsored program by at the Mercatus Center and Liberty Fund, Inc. in 2018.