Alecia P. Long
Alecia P. Long is the John R. Loos and Paul and Nancy Murrill Professor in the Department of History at Louisiana State University where she teaches courses on Louisiana History. She is the author of The Great Southern Babylon: Sex, Race, and Respectability in New Orleans, 1865-1920. Her forthcoming book project is titled Cruising for Conspirators: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Became a Sex Crime.
Noon to 12:45 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 4
Remaking New Orleans: Beyond Exceptionalism and Authenticity
1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Remaking New Orleans: Beyond Exceptionalism and Authenticity (contributor)
Approached as a wellspring of cultural authenticity and historical exceptionality, New Orleans appears in opposition to a nation perpetually driven by progress. Remaking New Orleans shows how this narrative is rooted in a romantic cultural tradition, continuously repackaged through the twin engines of tourism and economic development, and supported by research that has isolated the city from comparison and left unquestioned its entrenched inequality. Working against this feedback loop, the contributors place New Orleans at the forefront of national patterns of urban planning, place-branding, structural inequality, and racialization. Nontraditional sites like professional wrestling matches, middle-class black suburbs, and Vietnamese gardens take precedence over clichéd renderings of Creole cuisine, voodoo queens, and hot jazz. Covering the city's founding through its present and highlighting changing political and social formations, this volume remakes New Orleans as a rich site for understanding the quintessential concerns of American cities.
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