ICS Lecture: “Marginalized Peoples and the Emergence of Papiamentu/o”


The Institute of Caribbean Studies at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP) invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “Marginalized Peoples and the Emergence of Papiamentu/o”] by Dr. Nicholas Faraclas (English Department & Linguistics Graduate Program, School of Humanities, UPR-RP). Dr. Armando Lampe (Minister of Education, Science and Sustainable Development, Aruba) will offer commentary on the lecture.

The activity will be held on Thursday, 27 September, 1:00-3:30pm, Ramón Emeterio Betances Building, Room 238 (REB 238), School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description: We cannot explain the origin of the Atlantic Creole languages such as Papiamentu/o without explaining the origins of the sugar plantations in the Caribbean and the origins of Curaçao as a slave trading market in the 1600s. But we cannot explain the origins of sugar in the Caribbean and the slave trade in Curaçao without explaining what happened to Africans, Jews, Portuguese and Dutch from 1400 to 1600 in West Africa, Madeira, SãoTomé, and Brazil. As we try to explain all of this, it becomes clear that it was not only the European colonial class who were creating history and creating language, but also Africans, Indigenous peoples, Sephardim, and other marginalized peoples who are not included in the dominant linguistic and historical narratives.

[Photo above respectfully copied from “Papiamento”—a restaurant/museum space in Aruba; see https://papiamentoaruba.com/.]

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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