Department ofAfrican American Studies

Congratulations to Timeka Tounsel on the publication of Transfiguring Theaters for Disrespectable Leisure: An Ethnography on Black Womxn’s Ratchet Performances in Movie Showings of Girls Trip in Oxford Academic’s Journal of Communication.

This ethnographic study considers how Black womxn audiences collectively negotiated the politics of respectability in the movie theater, anecdotally referred to as cinema etiquette, in showings of the film Girls Trip. Findings revealed that Black womxn audiences (from various age groups) embodied an intersectional resistance discourse of disrespectability through their (non)verbal behaviors and an ecology of the senses (i.e., sight and sound) that were situated at the intersection of ratchetness, playfulness, and informality.