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Splay: Moving From Incursion in New Orleans and Kingston

By Nadia Ellis »»» This essay explores the impact of militarized presence in two cities not often thought together: New Orleans and Kingston. In both cases communities that were perceived as hyper-autonomous, culturally problematic, and politically unmanageable were subject to military-style incursion. By tracing similarities between the events in New Orleans and Kingston as well as recent electronic musics and dance cultures there, the essay imagines splayed kinesthetic as a metaphor for diasporic movement from/against incursion into these two black cities.