For this event, Ruiz will be reading from her recently published book Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance.
In Ricanness, the author argues that Ricanness operates as a continual performance of bodily endurance against U.S. colonialism, unfolding via aesthetic interventions in time. Moving
between theatre, experimental video, revolutionary protest, photography, poetry, and durational performance art, Ricanness stages scenes in which the philosophical, social, and
psychic merge at the site of non-linear aesthetic practices. In this reading, Ruiz challenges thecolonization of time and our normative assumptions of negation, incompletion, exhaustion,
endurance, and v iolence, alongside moments of pleasure, desire, and redemption. For Ruiz, atheorization of Ricanness supplies a relational way to imagine, dream, and construct alternate
forms of existence under colonialism, across bodies of water, beyond the annexation of land.
Sandra Ruiz is an assistant professor of Latina/Latino Studies and English at the University ofIllinois a t Urbana-Champaign, and an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Latin American
and Caribbean Studies, the Program in Comparati ve World Literature, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. Ruiz is the author of Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial
Performance, recently publ ished with NYU Press (July 2019). She is currently working on twobook projects: Perilous Pedagogy: Psychoanalytic Affections & the Live Aesthetic, and a book of
poetry entitled The Edge of Depth. Ruiz is also the co-founder of the Brown Theatre Collective.