Thursday, March 24, 2011

Quijote and Caliban: A Different Look at Creolization

Distinguished Professor Sidney W. Mintz will be giving a guest lecture, "Quijote and Caliban: A Different Look at Creolization," on Monday, April 4th at 5:00pm at New York University's King Juan Carlos Center Auditorium.

Date: Monday, April 4th, 2011, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Location: Auditorium of KJCC,  53 Washington Square South, 

(sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Research Colloquium Speaker Series, New York University).

The title for the Spring 2011 Colloquium series is "Our America: Cross Currents and Intimate Dialogues in the Making of a Hemisphere." The idea of America has long been dissected and reconstituted by a number of ideologues, theorists, policymakers, artists, activists, and ordinary people. Each has sought to craft a new existence that distinguished itself from “Old World” tyranny and tensions, significantly through the creation of imagined communities of identity and belonging, based on various cultural, political-economic, and social criteria.

In a “New World” where delineations of territory and definitions of home have shifted as populations, resources, and hegemonies respond to global and local forces, debated claims to “our America” (to borrow from 19th century Cuban intellectual Jose Marti) reveal “America” to be an extraordinarily malleable notion, one that shapes and reflects understandings of belonging, identity, rights, and justice--across shifting borders and diverse conceptualizations of region and hemisphere.

Emphasizing anthropological and historical approaches, this course will explore “our America” as simultaneously sites of empirical practice and imagined ways of being, where the interfaces, or cross currents among “American” ideas, dialogues, and communities raise questions about the ways data inform categories of analysis as well as categories of experience. 

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