Conference: “Caribbean Cosmopolis: Timeports of Modernity”

Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this conference to our attention.

October 12 & 13, 2017“Caribbean Cosmopolis: Timeports of Modernity”

Rm 1008 Humanities

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY 11794

The conference will examine the changing modes and meanings of time, temporality (or time’s passing) and futurity in Caribbean cultural production from the 15th century to the present. It will bring together a cross-disciplinary and inter-hemispheric group of scholars to explore the Caribbean as a crucial space of time-making, calibration and reinvention. The conference will also provide a platform to convene around the current emergency in the region, where the response to natural disasters entails a recourse to both colonial imaginaries and narratives and 21st century technocratic discourses of expertise and efficiency.

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Participants include:

David Scott, Columbia University (keynote)

Lena Burgos-Lafuente, Stony Brook University

Kristen Block, University of Tennessee

Yarimar Bonilla, Rutgers University

Trevor Burnard, University of Melbourne

Anne Eller, Yale University

Yvonne Fabella, University of Pennsylvania

Kelly Baker Josephs, City University of New York

José Quiroga, Emory University

Richard Rosa, Duke University

Elena Schneider, University of California-Berkeley

Tracey Walters, Stony Brook University

Esther Whitfield, Brown University

Kathleen Wilson, Stony Brook University

Eric Zolov, Stony Brook University

Sponsored by the Faculty in the Arts, Humanities and lettered Social Sciences (FAHSS) Fund, Africana Studies, Hispanic Languages and Literature, the Center for Inclusive Education, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center and HISB.


Event Day Schedule

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017

9:30am  Coffee
10:00am Conference Welcome by Kathleen Wilson, HISB Director

Introduction by Lena Burgos-Lafuente

10:15 – 11:45am PANEL I: The Flows of Capital, the Flows of Images: the 21st Century Caribbean

Yarimar Bonilla — “The Wait of Disaster”

Richard Rosa — “Persistent Images: Colonialism and Advertising in Eliott Erwitt’s Puerto Rican Campaigns, 1955 and 2009”

Kelly Baker Josephs — “Networked Lives: Digital Self-Fashioning in the Caribbean Blogosphere”

 11:45am – 1:00pm Keynote: David Scott — “The Word is Love: Michael Manley’s Styles of Radical Will”
1:00-2:30pm Lunch On Your Own (HISB provides lunch for participants)
 2:30 – 3:45pm PANEL II: Vernacularizing Historical Knowledge

Elena Schneider “José Antonio Aponte’s Radical Project: Writing Subversive Black History in Nineteenth-century Havana”

Trevor Burnard – “Murder on the High Seas: the Zong, Jamaican Commerce and the American Revolution”

 3:45 – 4:00pm  Coffee Break
4:00 – 5:15pm PANEL III: Performing the City in Colonial Time

Yvonne Fabella — “Dressing Up in Saint Domingue: Clothing, Status and the Creolization of the French Empire”

Kristen Block — “Cartagena de Indias: An Early Modern Medical Cosmopolis”

5:15pm Reception at HISB

Friday, October 13, 2017

9:30am Coffee
10:00-11:15am PANEL IV: Border Chronotopes

Anne Eller – “It Is Going to Rain Blood”: Cacos, Non-National Spaces, and Rural Resistance on the Island of Haiti”

Esther Whitfield — “Guarding Guantánamo: Soldiers, Migrants, Detainees and their Stories”

José Quiroga — “Caribbean Undertow”

11:15am – 12:15pm Roundtable Discussion
12:15pm Concluding Remarks by Kathleen Wilson and Lena Burgos-Lafuente

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