Invited Panelist; paper titled "Re-constructing Locality through Marronage", as part of the conference series Fanon at 95: A Twenty-Day Celebration organized by the Caribbean Philosophical Association.
Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 11AM EST via Zoom
"For Fanon, decolonization requires violence because altering one’s subjectivity from that of the damnés to that of the human proper is legible as a transgression against the colonial order. I suggest that part of the process of altering one’s subjectivity requires an affirmation of alterity through a reconnection to ancestral ways, which allows for a re-construction of locality, while simultaneously one must work to fracture the colonial logics constitutive of European modernity. Marronage, when understood phenomenologically, is a vehicle for this double process."
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Invited Talk, titled "Lynched and Castrated: Notes on Racial Violence", as part of Afro Saberes Master Class series organized by Corredor Afro (Loíza, PR).
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 from 2-3:30PM via Zoom
"Racialized men and boys, Black men and boys in particular, suffer a particular type of violence within the white supremacist order due to their race and gender, a phenomenon which has gone unnoticed in intersectional theory. The body of the Black male constitutes a threat to white supremacist endogamy. The Black male is conceived as a walking phallus with an insatiable sexual appetite, always ready to rape. Therefore, to protect the sanctity and purity of white womanhood, reproducer of the white supremacist imperial project, Black men and boys suffer higher rates of vigilance, incarceration, and death at the hands of police and white vigilantes."
Talk available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq28vonfP9s
New editorial project: Ediciones Guamo
From the Grupo Teorizando el Giro Decolonial we launched a new editorial project which seeks to publish texts in a variety of formats authored by academics and activists alike.
The editorial project is an autonomously organized effort that consists in the publication of unpublished or reproduced texts that facilitate access to theoretical exchanges relevant to political movements, provide a space for the publication of texts written by activists, as well as make that information accessible to the general public. Similarly, the aim is to exploit intellectual production in order to support political and social movements. The intention is to collect voices from academics and activists in order to produce an archive of knowledge generated with and from social movements.
The texts are published under the label Ediciones Guamo to recover the memory of the guamo, also known by other names as the lambí or conch shell, as a tool in the struggle for liberation that facilitated the conspiracy and communication between enslaved subjects and maroons.
For collaborations, visit our website: http://www.girodecolonialpr.org/proyectos.html
Invited Talk as part of panel "Understanding Puerto Rican Revolt: The Relevance of Black Feminism, Marronage, and Decolonial Thought"
On September 2019, I was invited to accompany Colectiva Feminista en Construcción to form part of a panel to discuss the protests which unfurled during the summer of 2019 in Puerto Rico, as part of the speaker series "What is Decoloniality?" My presentation, titled "The Summer of 2019 - Marronage and the Decolonial Turn", sought to explore how a phenomenological understanding of marronage is related to social and political struggle.
This event was organized, and my participation sponsored by, Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies.