Between the Lines: Yarimar Bonilla


The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture presents a lecture by Yarimar Bonilla, “Between the Lines.” Dr. Bonilla (Associate Professor of Latino & Caribbean Studies and Anthropology at Rutgers University) will be in conversation with Vanessa Agard-Jones (Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and African American Studies at Yale University). The event will take place on Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Schomburg Center (515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY). This event is free and open to the public. To ensure a space, please register in the link provided below.

yari.47s8Description: As an overseas department of France, the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe is one of a handful of non-independent societies that seem like political exceptions—or even paradoxes—in our current postcolonial era. In Non-Sovereign Futures, Yarimar Bonilla challenges contemporary notions of freedom, sovereignty, nationalism, and revolution—in order to recast Guadeloupe not as a problematically non-sovereign site but as a place that can unsettle how we think of sovereignty itself.  Exploring the political and historical imaginaries of activist communities, Bonilla examines how Caribbean political actors navigate the conflicting norms and desires produced by the modernist project of postcolonial sovereignty. She uses the cases of Guadeloupe and the Caribbean at large to offer a more sophisticated conception of the possibilities of sovereignty in the contemporary era.

For all free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.

Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc.) at least 24-hours before the day of the program to Adenike Olanrewaju at

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