Reading Group Meetings

Hello all! We’ve had to postpone our next meeting “Displacement and Exile.” We’ll post an update when we are able to reschedule.

We will be discussing the following:
Ruth Behar’s poem “Prayer to Lourdes” and Maria de Los Angeles Torres’s article “Beyond the Rupture: Reconciling With Our Enemies, Reconciling With Ourselves” – taken from anthology entitled Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba edited by Ruth Behar.

Eivind Deldaas Seland’s article “Networks and social cohesion in ancient Indian Ocean trade: geography, ethnicity, religion”

You can find these at our dropbox:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lp42vd197p0xyon/ITtgCRWccB

Also – we will discuss these related brief pieces from CNN:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/02/world/americas/diana-nyad-cuba-florida-swim/

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/05/opinion/opinion-italy-refugee-mourning/

Hope to see you all there!

For those of you who haven’t been able to join us in the past, here’s a summary of our last meeting, “The Middle Passage:”

If you were unable to attend, here is a quick summary of what was discussed:
We read excerpts taken from Paul Gilroy’s Black Atlantic, Cristina Lombardi-Diop’s “Ghosts of Memories, Spirits of Ancestors: Slavery, the Mediterranean, and the Atlantic,” and H. Sweet’s Domingos Alvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World. We discussed the controversy of looking at current illiegal immigrant labor exploitation in the Mediterranean (and world-wide) as being comparative to the slave trade of the Atlantic. We also discussed the creation of the body as a commodity, the rhetoric of modernity, and the relationship of body vs. flesh in both contemporary labor exploitation and the slave trade. Lastly, we discussed the  role of fiction, imagination, song and oral story telling in remembering slavery and the concept of the media of memory.

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Past events:

October 2013: Islands, Peninsulas and Archipelagos

Readings: David Abulafia’s The Great Sea, Antonio Benitez-Rojo’s The Repeating Island, and Sandro Mezzadra’s Border as Method.

November 2013: The Middle Passage

Readings: Paul Gilroy’s Black Atlantic, Cristina Lombardi-Diop’s “Ghosts of Memories, Spirits of Ancestors: Slavery, the Mediterranean, and the Atlantic,” and H. Sweet’s Domingos Alvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World.

 

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