ICS Lecture: The Unfossilized Tongue—Mutable Silences Within the Sovereign Reign of Reticence


As part of Conferencias Caribeñas 12 Series, the Institute of Caribbean Studies at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras invites the academic community and the public at large to the lecture “The Unfossilized Tongue: Mutable Silences Within the Sovereign Reign of Reticence” by Audrey Winpenny (Ph.D. Candidate in Education, Culture & Society at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania). Dr. Howard Stevenson (Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania) will comment the lecture via Skype.

The activity will be held on Tuesday, April 30, from 1:00 to 3:30pm, at the Manuel Maldonado Denis Amphitheatre in the Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building (CRA 108), School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description: In a parade to promote peace and the Ni Una Bala Más al Aire campaign last winter, ponceños held signs enumerating the various violences plaguing their community. One sign denounced the violence of “deserción escolar.” However, while the head turning machine gun blasts regularly grab media headlines, the school day silhouettes of children slipping noiselessly into nonattendance go largely disregarded, inciting neither disruption nor alarm. Yet all silences have a subtext; this talk critically examines some factors contributing to the phenomenon of school desertion within a residential and how prematurely eclipsed educational trajectories become woven into a broader societal web of spectacularization, xenophobic othering, state failure and the narco-industrial complex. An exploration of micro-level interpersonal dynamics sheds light on the physiological, affective, and dialogical aspects of trauma that can originate from community violence and some common misinterpretations potentially inherent therein.

All lectures will be broadcast LIVE online through the following website: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71***

Comments and suggestions on the presentation will be welcome at iec-ics@upr.edu

For further information, you may call Dr. Humberto García Muñiz, Director, at (787) 764-0000, extension 4212, or write to iec@uprrp.edu

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Photo of mural from http://gsalva.deviantart.com/art/ni-una-bala-mas-no-shots-in-the-air-276779980

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