Discussion: Racial Imaginaries, National Identities, and Black Representations in the Caribbean and Latin America
Event Start Date: October 28, 2021 1:00 PM
Event End Date: October 28, 2021 3:00 PM
Racial Imaginaries, National Identities, and Black Representations in the Caribbean and Latin America
Discussion open to all LAS graduate students
October 21, 2021 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Invitation to LAS Graduate Students to join class discussions with visiting professor Dr. Zaira Rivera Casellas (Registration not required to join as a guest)
Join Dr. Zaira Rivera Casellas for the second of three discussions as part of her online course, "Racial Imaginaries, National Identities, and Black Representations in the Caribbean and Latin America." These discussions are open for any interested LAS graduate students to join, without registering.
- October 21, 1:00 - 3:00 pm ET
- October 28, 1:00 - 3:00 pm ET
- November 4, 1:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Interested in attending? Please RSVP to Catherine Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and readings.
This course explores the construction of racial imaginaries in its relation to national identities and cultural productions. The critical analysis of racial imaginaries seeks to decipher how racial differences are historically inscribed in the bodies of subjects throughout processes of political transformations. The historical and political contingencies that reproduce racial configurations in various contexts of the Caribbean and Latin America will be questioned through critical analysis of texts and visual representations of popular culture.
About Dr. Rivera
Zaira O. Rivera Casellas (Bayamón, Puerto Rico), critical essayist and university professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. She has published articles on literature and racial identity in magazines such as Afro-Hispanic Review, Cincinatti Romance Review, and Revista Iberoamericana. She has collaborated in the anthologies Escrituras en contrapunto: estudios y debatas para una historia crítica de la literatura puertorriqueña (2015) and Contrapunto de género y raza (2005). In 2015, she published her book Bajo la sombra del texto, la crítica y el silencio: el discurso racial en Puerto Rico (2015). She is currently researching and working on a manuscript on racial representations, national imaginaries, identities, and gender from the Afro-diasporic perspective.