ICS Lecture: “Mesoamerica from the Caribbean? ‘The Invention of the Caribbean’”


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

Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be very welcome at: iec.ics@upr.edu

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