Here is the 2nd event of the Caribbean Conferences 20 (CC20) sponsored by the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP). According to Dr. Humberto Garcia Muñiz (director), the first lecture of the year—“The challenges of climate change on the coasts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic”—was a success in quality and attendance; attendees and participants included people from the beach communities that are most affected by severe erosion.
Next Thursday, there will be a lecture by Dr. Antonio Gaztambide Géigel (Department of General Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences, UPR-Río Piedras): “¿Mesoamérica desde el Caribe? ‘La invención del Caribe’ (revisitado)” [Mesoamerica from the Caribbean? ‘The invention of the Caribbean’ (revisited)]. The event will take place on February 9, 2017, from 1:00 to 3:00pm at the Manuel Maldonado Denis Amphitheatre (CRA 108) of the Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building, School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP. Dr. Juan A. Giusti Cordero (Department of History, Coordinator of the Social Sciences Archives of the Caribbean, UPR-Río Piedras) will serve as respondent.
Description: Just over twenty years ago, the first edition of “The Invention of the Caribbean in the Twentieth Century (Definitions of the Caribbean as a Historical and Methodological Problem)” was published in the first issue of Revista Mexicana del Caribe [the Mexican Journal of the Caribbean]. Since then, trends in definitions have continued to reflect not only the dialogue between intellectual formulations and geopolitical dynamics but also the complex interactions between identities, cultures and inter-societal relations. Some pressing questions and issues are: Would it be more appropriate to designate “Mesoamerica” as the “Greater Caribbean” [Gran Caribe]? Does the tendency to refer to the “insular Caribbean” excessively follow the slave plantation? Is there a similar tendency with the growing popularity of the terms “Cultural Caribbean (or Central African-America)”? Can Central America get away from recognizing itself as part of the “geopolitical Caribbean”?
This presentation will be broadcast LIVE online through the UPR-Rio Piedras web site at http://uprrp.edu
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