Racing (for) Social Justice: Performing Apologia and Accountability in Dialogues About Race

Ellen Correa, Liliana Herakova, Dijana Jelača


This performance fuses ethnographic data from dialogues about race with the authors' reflections on their experiences as facilitators for these dialogues. The dialogue project was conceived as an activist move in a context in which race is rarely talked about. In this performance we consider how each of us heard and perhaps articulated both a discourse of apologia (the language of self-defense) and a discourse of accountability for racial privilege. We perform and re-member moments from the actual dialogues and our experiences facilitating them—what we heard, what we said, and what we thought—as they may work toward and against activism for equality.



discourse; apologia; accountability; race; dialogue; performance; ethnography

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