2-Day Seminar | INSULARITY:Genealogy of Critical Thinking in the Caribbean
120 East 125th Street
New York, NY 10035
INSULARITY | Genealogy of Critical Thinking in the Caribbean: Diaspora, Negritude and Postcolonial Melancholy instructed by Fabián Villegas
2-DAY Seminar | In-person and Virtual
The objective of this seminar is to map a historical genealogy of critical thinking in the Caribbean, from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first century. Through a transdisciplinary dialogue between multiple epistemic experiences, artistic practices, forms of cultural organization, community, orality, spirituality and cultures of resistance, attendees will develop a cartographic itinerary that will allow them to identify the proximities, dialogues, and intersections between the multiple experiences, historical contexts, cultural legacies and epistemic disputes throughout the Caribbean.
The colonial and Western-centric paradigm of knowledge has not only blocked the regional articulation, the consolidation of definitions of identity, and a new form of collective cultural imagination in the Caribbean, which transcends the limits and borders of national states, it has also been in charge of invisibilizing, silencing, persecuting, and caricaturing the tradition of critical thinking historically coming from the Afro-descendant and indigenous population. For this reason, it is essential to overcome the old stationary paradigms of knowledge, lines of thought, culture, and art that have reinforced the hierarchy between Western-centric knowledge and non-Western-centric knowledge.
From the meta-narrative of the Haitian revolution, and the first nation declared constitutionally "black" outside the African continent in the narrative of the Trinitarian C.R.L James, to the cultural decolonization in the independence projects of Frantz Fanon in Martinique. From the postcolonial melancholy of Paul Gilroy to the delocalized coloniality of Sylvia Wynter in Jamaica, from the Antillanity of Edouard Glissant in Guadalupe to the diasporic itineraries of Kamala Kempadoo in Guyana. From the postcolonial narrative of Edwidge Danticat to the narrative polyphony of Linton Kwesi Johnson. From Negritude as an emancipatory concept in the poetic universe of Aime Cesaire to the systematization of Caribbean philosophy tradition in Lewis Gordon’s work.
Learn more here: https://cccadi.org/insularityseminar
When: Monday June 10, 2019 and Wednesday June 12, 2019
Where: Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute | 120 East 125th Street, NYC 10035
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm
Admission: $75 | Claim your spot here (In-person and Virtual)
MEET FABIÁN VILLEGAS
Writer, journalist, spoken word artist, scholar and researcher in South epistemologies, decolonial thoughts, racial studies, and co-founder of Contranarrativas. Since 2007 to date, Fabian Villegas has been invited to give multiple conferences, seminars, lectures and workshops in various universities and academic centers, renowned art biennials and community cultural centers across the globe. Geopolitics, decolonial thoughts, race studies, intersectionality, postcolonial narratives and representations, global south, art curation, and testimonial literature are fundamental topics addressed in his body of work. Born in Mexico City, Villegas currently resides in the Dominican Republic where he teaches at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD), while he also works on other projects and collaborations such as his upcoming book “ABCEDARIO Corporal del Colonialismo.