ICS Lecture: “Racial fears in Cuba—Order, control and surveillance in the 19th century”


The Institute of Caribbean Studies, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP), invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture: “Temores raciales en Cuba: Orden, control y vigilancia en el siglo XIX” [Racial fears in Cuba—Order, control and surveillance in the 19th century] by Dr. Jorge L. Giovannetti (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, UPR-RP). Dr. Juan José Baldrich (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, UPR-RP) will introduce the lecturer. The activity will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017, from 11:30am to 1:00pm at Room 238 (REB 238) of the Ramón Emeterio Betances (REB) Building, College of the Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description: Cuban historiography of the nineteenth century on the slave trade, Spanish colonialism, anti-slavery uprisings, and independence struggles makes constant references to the “black fear” [miedo negro]. However, few works delve into what constituted “black fear,” how it was manifested, who wielded and promoted it, and what effects it had on nineteenth-century Cuba. Examining primary documents in archives inside and outside of Cuba, this work seeks to identify precisely how this fear was displayed and what concrete effects it had on the respective order, racial control, and surveillance regimes. Findings are examined through the lens of the sociological literature on fear, to go beyond the narrative, to better understand the phenomenon.

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

[Image above from https://elpais.com/elpais/2014/09/10/africa_no_es_un_pais/1410328800_141032.html.]

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