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Technologies: Caribbean Knowledges, Imperial Critiques 1860-1900s

Dr Jossianna Arroyo's presentation on global connections between Freemasons in the Spanish Caribbean and the United States.

Friday, January 23, 2009
3:00 PM
Rolfe 4302
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The Mellon Seminar on Caribbean Cultural History presents Dr Jossianna Arroyo* from the University of Texas. Dr. Arroyo's presentation will focus on Ramón E. Betances—the Masonic mulatto leader and ideologue of the Confederación Antillana movement— to analyze an understudied part of his Masonic writings, the ones related to Haiti and the Haitian Revolution, and to his connection to Hispaniola as a whole (Haiti, Dominican Republic). The second section of this paper centers on Haiti and its historical-political influence in the Spanish Caribbean and the United States national-diasporic communities. This analysis would provide an interesting turn from which we could began to understand the radical complexities of the Confederación Antillana project (racially, socially) and their foundational character as they built transnational Afro-diasporic networks.
She will read material from her coming book in which she focused on an analysis of global connections between Freemasons in the Spanish Caribbean and the United States and on Masonic conceptualizations of the word as technology, and its representation of race, global capital, and alternative communities.

*Jossianna Arroyo is an Associate Professor at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Center for African and African American Studies at The University of Texas, Austin and she is the author of Travestismos Culturales: literatura y etnografía en Cuba y Brasil (Pittsburgh: Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, 2003). She has published and lectured extensively on Latin American, Caribbean, Luso-Brazilian and Afro-Diasporic Literatures and Cultures; race, gender and sexuality in colonial and postcolonial societies; Latin American discourses in literature, ethnography and sociology.

Rolfe 4302 is the Lydeen Library at 4th floor of Rolfe Hall.

Cost : Free and Open to the Public

Jorge Marturano

Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute

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