ICS Lecture: “A Soviet Caribbean”


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 “Un Caribe soviético: La Internacional Comunista, la diáspora caribeña de Nueva York y la construcción de visiones de modernidad en la Cuenca del Caribe, 1919-1943” [A Soviet Caribbean: The Communist International, the Caribbean diaspora of New York, and the construction of visions of modernity in the Caribbean Basin, 1919-1943] by Dr. Sandra Pujals (History Department, School of Humanities, UPR-RP). Dr. Aldo Lauria (Latino-Caribbean and History, Rutgers University) will comment the lecture via Skype. The activity will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2018, 1:00-3:30pm, at Amphitheater Manuel Maldonado Denis, Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building (CRA 108), School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description: The presentation discusses the presence of the Communist International in the Caribbean between the 1920s and 1940s, and the contribution of that agency to the politics and culture of the region in the postwar era. It offers a global perspective for the local and regional scene, pointing out the internationalist foundations of a Caribbean radicalism that, despite its communist origins, contributed to the formation of a Caribbean culture of modernity for the second half of the 20th century. The lecture focuses on the transnational aspect of this encounter, emphasizing the legacy of a complex radical migratory network that linked Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas with the Caribbean region. It also contributes to the history of the Caribbean diaspora in New York during that period, as the Big Apple was the headquarters and meeting place for the international revolutionary enterprise boosted by internationalist Communism at that time.

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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