|Stone Center Writer's Discussion Series - Prof. Yomaira Figueroa||Return to listing|
"Decolonizing Diasporas: Radical Mappings of Afro-Atlantic Literature"
Prof. Yomaira Figueroa
March 23, 3:30PM
Book Discription: Mapping literature from Spanish-speaking sub-Saharan African and Afro-Latinx Caribbean diasporas, Decolonizing Diasporas argues that the works of diasporic writers and artists from Equatorial Guinea, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba offer new worldviews that unsettle and dismantle the logics of colonial modernity. With women of color feminisms and decolonial theory as frameworks, Yomaira C. Figueroa-Vásquez juxtaposes Afro-Latinx and Afro-Hispanic diasporic artists, analyzing work by Nelly Rosario, Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, Trifonia Melibea Obono, Donato Ndongo, Junot Díaz, Aracelis Girmay, Loida Maritza Pérez, Ernesto Quiñonez, Christina Olivares, Joaquín Mbomio Bacheng, Ibeyi, Daniel José Older, and María Magdalena Campos-Pons. Figueroa-Vásquez's study reveals the thematic, conceptual, and liberatory tools these artists offer when read in relation to one another.
This study centers the cultural productions of peoples of African descent as Afro-diasporic imaginaries that subvert coloniality and offer new ways to approach questions of home, location, belonging, and justice.
Yomaira Figueroa is associate professor of Afro Diaspora Studies in the department of English and the African American & African Studies program at Michigan State University.
|Location:||Online - Zoom Meeting|
|Date:||Tuesday, March 23, 2021|
|Time:||3:30 PM - 5:00 PM|
|Sponsor:||Sonja H Stone Center|
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