Category Archives: Northeast US Events

New World Migration Lecture Series

5:00pm – 7:00pm
30 November 2018
History Lounge Room 5114
CUNY Grad Center

“The African Origins of Racial Capitalism”
Peter James Hudson
Associate Professor of African American studies and History
University of California, Los Angeles

Among the most urgent questions animating recent writing on the global history of modernity
concerns the entangled relationship between the rise of capitalism with the origins of racism and the resulting structuring of global inequalities through hierarchies of racial difference. Some of the most exciting work in this regard has been done under the banner of “racial capitalism,” a phrase largely associated with the work of Cedric Robinson. This talk is part of a larger project that explores the history and historiography of racial capitalism through an emphasis on its origins, not in Europe, but in African and the African diaspora. In the larger project, Hudson will argue that racial capitalism has been reordered as a response to Black challenges to white racial hegemony; racial capitalism, Hudson will suggest, has adapted to Black claims for political sovereignty and economic independence – especially those claims made within the registers inter-state relations and international law. This claim will be examined in the context of the revolution in Saint-Domingue that led to the establishment of the Republic of Haiti in 1804. And in particular, there will be an emphasis on the links between the slave economy of Saint-Domingue and the expansion of Philadelphia merchant-capitalism – and the aborted plans of Toussaint Louverture to end the slave trade via a military expedition to Dahomey.

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Anthropology Colloquia: Archaeologies of Whiteness from the West Indies to the West Africa

4:15pm – 6:00pm
9 November 2018
CUNY Grad Center
Room C415A
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

“Archaeologies of Whiteness from the West Indies to the West Africa”
Matthew Reilly
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
City College, CUNY

Dr. Matthew Reilly is an anthropological archaeologist interested in race formation processes, whiteness, and colonial modernity in the Atlantic world. His work on the Caribbean island of Barbados, the subject of his forthcoming book, Archaeology below the Cliff: Race, Class, and Redlegs in Barbadian Sugar Society, explores how a group of poor whites known as the Redlegs fit within the social matrix of a system of sugar production and slavery. He is currently working on two related projects in Barbados and Liberia. His work in Barbados focuses on heritage management and the process of building futures with the material remains of the dark histories of plantation slavery. He is also collaborating on a project in the West African nation of Liberia investigating a small village established by Barbadian settlers in 1865. The project uses archaeological and ethnographic approaches to explore the process of “reverse diaspora” and settler-native interactions. At the heart of his research is a critical exploration of the complex relationships between slavery and freedom, colonialism and sovereignty, race, class, and capitalism, the social construction of race and structural racism, and the past, present, and future.

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Édouard Glissant’s Tout-Monde: Transnational Perspectives

12:45pm – 7:00pm
16 November 2018
Elebash Recital Hall and The James Gallery
CUNY Grad Center

The year 2018 marks what would have been the 90th birthday of Édouard Glissant (1928-2011), the eminent thinker of Relation and the All-World (Tout-Monde) who taught for sixteen years at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. Since Glissant’s passing, the influence of his thought continues to grow as his works are now taught not only in Europe and the Americas but also in India and China. This symposium, organized by the Henri Peyre French Institute and co-sponsored with Americas Society, the Center for the Humanities and the Ph.D. Program in French at the Graduate Center, CUNY celebrates the transnational reach of Édouard Glissant’s ideas and the continued sustenance they provide to activists, artists, scholars and writers world-wide. It underlines his call for all people to abrogate the walls, real or imaginary, that separate them for all communities to achieve equality and solidarity and embrace the “Poetics of Relation.”

Édouard Glissant’s humanist project influenced and engaged colleagues and students alike during his years as Distinguished Professor of French at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (1995 to 2011), a city in which diverse ethnic and religious groups share a space that allows “Relation” to thrive, be reformulated and constantly rediscovered. The symposium includes academics whom Glissant mentored as well as those who have been inspired by reading him and have applied his thought to their own work and in teaching their own students.

The symposium brings to the fore scholars and artists who apply Édouard Glissant’s theories to shed light on inter-communal relations, expose the power dynamics of the privileged versus the marginalized, advocate against boundaries while acknowledging difference, contest dominant hierarchies of race, ethnicity, and gender, and show how texts normalize some groups and make others “other.” The symposium celebrates the many perspectives of the Tout-Monde and brings the “periphery” back to the center of discourse, mindful of the powerful Glissant-inspired motto “Les Périphériques vous parlent!” (The Periphery is speaking to you!).

Free and open to the public, but to attend, please click here to RSVP

Speakers include: Mohit ChandnaNathalie EtokeEmmanuel Bruno Jean-FrançoisJarrod Hayes, Sylvie Kandé, Cilas Kemedjio, Barbara Webb, Christopher WinksPedro Zylbersztajn, and others.

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Seminar Series on Édouard Glissant

1:00pm – 4:00pm
9th to 30th  November 2018
French Department Thesis Room
CUNY Grad Center

This Fall semester, the Henri Peyre French Institute, the PhD Program in French, and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY will host a series of seminars honoring the legacy of Édouard Glissant, who taught here from 1995 to 2011. Each of the informal seminars—held in the French Department thesis room where Glissant taught––will be led by one of his former students on a topic of their choosing, ranging from their personal experience with Glissant to the themes in his work and its ongoing influence across disciplines. Offering an intimate at-one-remove experience, these one-hour seminars will be open to 10–15 participants. To attend, participants must RSVP on Eventbrite (see links to RSVP below). Maximum capacity is 10–15 persons due to the size of the seminar room.

Weds, October 24, 2-3pm: Paul Fadoul, Lecturer in French, Queens College, CUNY [FULLY BOOKED]

Friday, November 9, 3-4pm: Led by Chadia Chambers-Samadi, Assistant Professor of French, University of the Bahamas. Click here to RSVP for this seminar.

Tuesday, November 27, 1-2pm: Led by Hamid Bahri, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, York College, CUNY. Click here to RSVP for this seminar.

Friday, November 30, 1-2pm: Led by Eric Lynch, Assistant Professor of French, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX. Click here to RSVP for this seminar.

These seminars are in tandem with the exhibition Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking at the Americas Society (Oct. 9, 2018–Jan. 12, 2019), and the symposium “Édouard Glissant’s Tout-Monde: Transnational Perspectives” at the Graduate Center, CUNY (Fri, Nov 16, 2018, 12:45 PM – 7:00 PM).

Co-sponsored by the Henri Peyre French Institute, the PhD Program in French, and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY. 

Above text adapted from webpage. Above image adapted from email.

The Postcolonial Contemporary: Political Imaginaries for the Global Present

6:00pm – 7:30pm
30 October 2018
NYU Center for the Humanities, Fifth Floor
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In twelve essays that draw from a number of disciplines—history, anthropology, literature, geography, indigenous studies— and regional locations (the Black Atlantic, South Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Australia, Argentina) The Postcolonial Contemporary (Fordham UP, 2018) seeks to move beyond the habitual oppositions that have often characterized the field: universal vs. particular; Marxism vs. postcolonialism; politics vs. culture. The essays reckon with new and persisting postcolonial predicaments, doing so under four interrelated analytics: postcolonial temporality; deprovincializing the global south; beyond Marxism versus postcolonial studies; and postcolonial spatiality and new political imaginaries.

Join us to celebrate this new volume and to reflect on the project with the book’s editors, Jini Kim Watson and Gary Wilder, and several contributors.

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[ Decodings ] exhibit by Pascale Monnin

Exhibit Opening 
4:00pm – 9:00pm
2 November 2018
Rogue Space #9 E-F-G
508-526 West 26th Street
Between 10 & 11th Avenue
Chelsea, NY 10001

RSVP for the opening: info@galeriemonnin.com

The exhibit will be on view from Saturday November 3rd to Saturday November 10th Open every day from 10am to 6pm.

Pascale Monnin last exhibited in Manhattan 5 years ago. This November, she returns to the city with [Decodings], a solo exhibit organized by GALERIE MONNIN NYC.

[ Decodings ], both a celebration of the world and an evidence of Monnin’s estrangement from it, presents more than a hundred paintings, mobiles and sculptures. Punctuated by Monnin’s obsessions: history, politics, debt, myths, complexity, animals, plants, life, childhood, time, movement, the sacred, faces, vertigo…, it reveals many facets of her artwork and displays a world of warring births, dazzling impulses, hybrid forms, with reckless nuances of a childhood spreading sometimes cast in stone, sometimes lying on the frame as the art spills over.

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Queer Trouble in Caribbean Art & Activism

A Conversation with Rosamond S. King & Angelique V. Nixon

6:00pm – 8:00pm
23 October 2018
Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality (CSGS)
285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor


Rosamond S. King, English, Brooklyn College, City University of New York


Angelique V. Nixon, Institute for Gender & Development Studies, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad

Two award winning artist-scholars reflect on the intersections of LGBTQI and feminist arts, activism, and politics in the Caribbean. King and Nixon address how their own work moves between these different registers. They also discuss how they see contemporary queer Caribbean performance, literature, and visual art engage and resist the ongoing violences of colonial and postcolonial histories, and how these works offer us vibrant models of desire, embodiment, and collectivity.

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Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Application Deadline: 23 November 2018

Georgetown University’s Department of French & Francophone Studies is seeking a tenure-line assistant professor for a specialist in ONE of the following areas: 1) Francophone Caribbean Studies, especially Haitian Studies; OR 2) Middle Eastern Francophone Studies. Beyond courses taught in French in the specific area of research expertise, the candidate will be expected to teach a variety of offerings in French at the lower- and mid-division levels, including language-learning and writing-intensive courses. Ph.D. in hand by August 2019 and near-native fluency in French AND English are required. The Georgetown University Department of French & Francophone Studies has a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and research at all levels. Our overarching learning goal is to give students linguistic competency, cultural literacy, writing and research skills, and critical thinking abilities within a framework that encourages creativity.

Cover letter, CV, two sample syllabi, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation must be received by November 23, 2018. Cover letters, in addition to describing research, teaching, and service profiles, should show how candidates will enrich a community that seeks a diversity of perspectives and people. We will conduct first-round interviews via Zoom video conferencing.

Applications will be accepted through Interfolio.  Questions about the position should be e-mailed to Andrew Sobanet (ajs43@georgetown.edu), Interim Chair, Department of French and Francophone Studies.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Above text adapted from webpage.

Roxane Gay in Conversation with Katia D. Ulysse

7:00pm
8 November 2018
CUNY Graduate Center 


Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay, award-winning author of Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (2017), Difficult Women (2017), and Bad Feminist (2014) and Katia D. Ulysse, Haitian poet, essayist and author of Drifting (2014), among other works, will join us for a reading and conversation in the Critical Caribbean Feminisms series. Following the reading, Gay, Ulysse, and BCRW Associate Director Tami Navarro will discuss various forms of writing–including novels, memoir, and social media interventions–and examine how these create space for conversations around and advocacy for social justice.


Katia  D. Ulysse

This event is free and open to the public. All advance tickets have been claimed. A limited number of tickets will be available and released on a first-come, first-seated basis. For more information, visit the CUNY Grad Center event page.

Event Co-Sponsors: Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, the Center for the Study of Women and Society, CUNY Graduate Center, the Society of Fellows in the Humanities and the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University, and Women Writing Women’s Lives

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Reimagining Money Workshop and Caribbean Syllabus Launch

4:00pm – 6:00pm
10 October 2018
754 Schermerhorn Ext
Columbia University

The Center for the Study of Social Difference (CSSD) working group Unpayable Debt: Capital, Violence, and the New Global Economy presents: Caribbean Syllabus: Second Edition and Max Haiven’s Art After Money, Money After Art Book Launch with: Tao Goffe, Monica Jiménez, Sarah Muir, Frances Negron-Muntaner, and Jason Wozniak.

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Panel Discussions and the “Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking” Exhibition

4:00pm
9 October 2018
Room 1527, North Building
Hunter College, CUNY
Free Admission

Opening Panel:
To mark the opening of Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking, cocurators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Asad Raza, along with artist Julie Mehretu, will discuss Americas Society’s new exhibition in a panel moderated by Gabriela Rangel.


Image: Lydia Cabrera (second from right) with a group of informants, Central Cuba, undated. Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

6:00pm – 8:30pm
9 October 2018
Americas Society
680 Park Avenue,
New York, NY
Free Admission

Exhibition Opening
Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking focuses on the ideas developed by the prominent Caribbean thinkers Lydia Cabrera (Havana, 1899–Miami, 1991) and Édouard Glissant (Sainte-Marie, Martinique, 1928–Paris, 2011) and an archipelago of modern and contemporary artists whose works respond to their notions of identity. Artists include: Etel Adnan, Kader Attia, Tania Bruguera, Manthia Diawara, Mestre Didi, Melvin Edwards, Simone Fattal, Sylvie Glissant, Koo Jeong A, Wifredo Lam, Marc Latamie, Roberto Matta, Julie Mehretu, Philippe Parreno, Amelia Peláez, Asad Raza, Anri Sala, Antonio Seguí, Diamond Stingily, Elena Tejada-Herrera, Jack Whitten, and Pedro Zylbersztajn. The exhibition will run from October 9, 2018 to January 12, 2019. 

6:30pm
16 October 2018
Americas Society
680 Park Avenue,

New York, NY
Free Admission. Please register in advance.

Panel Discussion: Lydia Cabrera in the Archipelago
Join Visual Arts at Americas Society for a panel including scholars Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann (assistant professor, Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College), Martin Tsang (librarian for the Cuban Heritage Collection and curator for Latin American Collections at the University of Miami), and Christopher Winks (Comparative Literature, Faculty member at Queens College), moderated by Gabriela Rangel. They will discuss the Cuban writer-ethnographer Lydia Cabrera (Havana, 1899–Miami, 1991) in relation to the exhibition Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking. The publications by Cabrera including Cuentos Negros de Cuba and El Monteinform current scholarship surrounding literature, ethnography, and art.

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History of Women & Gender: Tracing and Gendering Diaspora

12:30pm – 2:00pm
1 October 2018
King Juan Carlos Center, Room 701
New York University

Please join the History of Women and Gender program for the first event of the semester. This event is cosponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Joan Flores-Villalobos, Assistant Professor of History at The Ohio State University, will discuss her paper ” ‘Freak Letters:’ Tracing and Gendering Diaspora in the Archive of the Panama Canal”.

Abstract:
“This article explores how West Indian women are recorded using the papers and correspondence of the Isthmian Canal Commission, the biggest repository of original documents regarding the construction of the Panama Canal, housed in the National Archives of the United States. Using a 1909 photograph of a nude black West Indian woman found in a file labeled “Freak Letters,” I consider the difficulties of recovering historical subjects structured by imperial frameworks of productivity and perversity, and trace instead the counter-narratives of mobility, affect, and self-determination that might have shaped this woman’s life. I argue that a diasporic and imaginative methodology of recovery can illuminate experiences and limitations beyond the lens of empire. Using this approach, I uncover the archival logic behind “Freak Letters” and recreate the woman’s milieu, highlighting her mobility and diasporic connections. Ultimately, the article seeks to build an empathetic, horizontal, archipelagic counter-discourse as the basis for our explorations of subjects historically silenced or denigrated.”

A light lunch will be served.

RSVP to Clare Richfield at cjr431@nyu.edu for a copy of the text. All are welcome to attend, whether or not you read the paper in advance.

Above text adapted from webpage.

New Puerto Rican Cinema: Emerging Filmmakers

6:00pm – 9:00pm
28 September 2018
King Juan Carlos Center, Auditorium
New York University

NYU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, present a conversation with the creators of groundbreaking Puerto Rican films, El silencio del viento (The Silence of the Wind; 2017), El Chata (The Sparrow; 2017), and Antes que cante el gallo (Before the Rooster Crows; 201). Introduced by Licia Fiol-Matta (NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese) and moderated by Jennifer Duprey (Rutgers University Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies), students and the academic community at NYU will have the opportunity to dialogue with the directors, some of the actors, screenwriters, sound designers, and producers of these films.

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