Sponsored by the Center for African and African American Studies, a collaboration between the School of Humanities and the School of Social Sciences.
Open to the Rice community and the public.
Yomaira C. Figueroa-Vásquez, associate professor of Afro-Diaspora Studies, Michigan State University
Welcome and Introduction:
Margarita M. Castromán Soto, assistant professor of English, School of Humanities; affiliated faculty, Center for African and African American Studies, Rice University
Kimberly Jones, graduate student, Department of History, Rice University
How do we map relations across the Afro-Atlantic? How do the diasporic cultural productions of the sole Spanish-speaking nation in Subsaharan Africa connect with works emerging from the Spanish-speaking Caribbean? What insights do we gain by reading these contemporary works alongside each other?
This talk will examine the long history of Atlantic crossings between Equatorial Guinea and the Latinx Caribbean and engage in a robust discussion about race, colonialism, diaspora, feminisms, decolonization, literature and the human. We will trace how themes of intimacy, witnessing, dispossession, reparations and futurities are remapped in a series of works and will consider how Black diasporic histories are impacted by interlocking structures of oppression and the haunting remnants of colonial intervention.