Caribbean Cosmopolis: Timeports of Modernity

9:00am – 6:00pm
12 – 13 October 2017
Room 1008 Humanities
Stony Brook University

This conference will examine the changing modes and meanings of time, temporality (or time’s passing) and futurity in Caribbean cultural production from the 15th century to the present. It will bring together a cross-disciplinary and inter-hemispheric group of scholars to explore the Caribbean as a crucial space of time-making, calibration and reinvention. The conference will also provide a platform to convene around the current emergency in the region, where the response to natural disasters entails a recourse to both colonial imaginaries and narratives and 21st century technocratic discourses of expertise and efficiency.

Thursday, 12 October
Room 1008 Humanities  | Stony Brook University

10:00 AM  Welcome and Introduction
Kathleen Wilson (Director of the Humanities Institute Stony Brook)
Lena Burgos-Lafuente (Stony Brook University)

10:15-11:45 AM  The Flows of Capital, the Flows of Images: the 21st Century Caribbean

Panel Chair: Eric Zolov (Stony Brook University)

Yarimar Bonilla (Rutgers University) – “The Wait of Disaster”

Richard Rosa (Duke University) – “Persistent Images: Colonialism and Advertising in Eliott Erwitt’s Puerto Rican Campaigns, 1955 and 2009”

Kelly Baker Josephs (City University of New York) – “Networked Lives: Digital Self-Fashioning in the Caribbean Blogosphere”

11:45 AM  Keynote Presentation


Session Chair: Tracey Walters (Stony Brook University)

David Scott (Columbia University) – “The Word is Love: Michael Manley’s Styles of Radical Will”

1:00-2:30 PM  Lunch On Your Own

2:30-3:45 PM  Vernacularizing The Cosmopolis

Panel Chair: Jennifer Anderson (Stony Brook University)

Elena Schneider (University of California at Berkeley) -“José Antonio Aponte’s Radical Project: Writing Subversive Black History in Nineteenth-century Havana”

Trevor Burnard (University of Melbourne) – “Murder on the High Seas: the Zong, Jamaican Commerce and the American Revolution”

3:45-4:00 PM  Coffee Break

4:00-5:15 PM  Performing the City in Colonial Time

Panel Chair: Paul Firbas (Stony Brook University)

Yvonne Fabella (University of Pennsylvania) – “Dressing Up in Saint Domingue: Clothing, Status and the Creolization of the French Empire”

Kristen Block (University of Tennessee-Knoxville) – “Cartagena de Indias: An Early Modern Medical Cosmopolis”

Friday, 13 October
Room 1008 Humanities  | Stony Brook University

10:00–11:15 AM  Border Chronotopes

Anne Eller (Yale University) – “It Is Going to Rain Blood”: Cacos, Non-National Spaces, and Rural Resistance on the Island of Haiti”

Esther Whitfield (Brown University) – “Guarding Guantánamo: Soldiers, Migrants, Detainees and their Stories”

José Quiroga (Emory University) – “Caribbean Undertow”

11:15AM-12:15 PM  Roundtable  Discussion

12:15 PM  Concluding Remarks
Kathleen Wilson (Director of the Humanities Institute Stony Brook)
Lena Burgos-Lafuente (Stony Brook University)


Sponsored by the Faculty in the Arts, Humanities and lettered Social Sciences (FAHSS) Fund, Africana Studies, Hispanic Languages and Literature, the Center for Inclusive Education, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center and Humanities Institute at Stony Brook (HISB).

Above text and image adapted from webpage.