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A Contested Caribbean Indigeneity: Language, Social Practice, and Identity within Puerto Rican Taíno Activism

When: Friday, May 14, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Central

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Carlos Octavio Ballinas   (847) 467-3980

Group: The Latina and Latino Studies Program

Category: Academic


The Latina and Latino Studies Program at Northwestern University to host a book discussion on the recently published "A Contested  Caribbean  Indigeneity:  Language, Social Practice, and Identity within Puerto Rican Taíno Activism."

The discussion will be with the book author: Sherina Feliciano-Santos, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Linguistics Program University of South Carolina, Columbia


about the book:

A Contested Caribbean Indigeneity is an in-depth analysis of the debates surrounding Taíno/Boricua activism in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean diaspora in New York City. Drawing on in-depth ethnographic research, media analysis, and historical documents, the book explores the varied experiences and motivations of Taíno/Boricua activists as well as the alternative fonts of authority they draw on to claim what is commonly thought to be an extinct ethnic category. It explores the historical and interactional challenges involved in claiming membership in, what for many Puerto Ricans, is an impossible affiliation. In focusing on Taíno/Boricua activism, the books aims to identify a critical space from which to analyze and decolonize ethnoracial ideologies of Puerto Ricanness, issues of class and education, Puerto Rican nationalisms and colonialisms, as well as important questions regarding narrative, historical memory, and belonging.


to participate:

Email RSVP deadline is Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Note: The conversation will be capped at 20 participants.


a copy of the book for all participants:

Note: Physical Copies of the book will be made available and given to participants that can pick up the book at the Latina and Latino Studies Program Office.

If participants are not able to pick up a physical copy, an e-book copy of the book will be provided.

Details for receiving the book will be provided once participation is confirmed.

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