Caribbean Studies Speakers Series: Sound, Archive, Literature – Fall 2022

  • Sep 22, 2022
  • Oct 31, 2022
  • Nov 15, 2022
  • Alumni
  • Faculty & Staff
  • Graduate Affairs
  • Public
  • Undergraduate

Note that MASKS ARE NOW REQUIRED to protect the immuno-compromised in attendance. Refreshments and snacks will be available prior to and after the panel event. Thank you and we cannot wait to see you there!

Event Description

The guest speakers and discussants of the CSSS figure nationally and internationally as leading voices in Caribbean Studies, whose contributions to the field have been timely, if not groundbreaking.

Panel I – September 22

Tuning into the Caribbean: Sonic Practices and Technologies

  • Speakers: Ren Ellis Neyra (Wesleyan University), Alejandra Bronfman (The State University of New York at Albany), Carter Mathes (Rutgers University)
  • Discussant: Christina León (Princeton University)
  • Chair: Ashford King (G2, Spanish and Portuguese, Princeton University)
  • Moderator: Alex Díaz-Hui (G2, English, Princeton University)

Panel II – October 31

(An)archiving the Caribbean: Matters, Methods, Meanings

  • Speakers: Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel (University of Miami), Jocelyn Fenton Stitt (St. Catherine’s University), Marisa J. Fuentes (Rutgers University)
  • Discussant: Rachel Price (Princeton University)
  • Chair: Andy Alfonso (DCE1, Spanish and Portuguese, Princeton University)
  • Moderator: Jannia Gómez González (G5, Spanish and Portuguese, Princeton University)

Panel III – November 15

Self-Writing in the Caribbean: An “I” for an “Eye”

  • Speakers: Paloma Duong (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Rafael Rojas (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, México), Ana Rodríguez Navas (Loyola University Chicago) Discussant: Rubén Gallo (Princeton University)
  • Chair: Rodney Lebrón Rivera (G3, Spanish and Portuguese, Princeton University)
  • Moderator: Rubens Riol (G1, Spanish and Portuguese, Princeton University)

In his seminal work Poetics of Relation (1990), Martinican poet and philosopher Édouard Glissant invites the reader to auscultate the Plantation system, that is, to examine its guts and memory by listening to it closely. A term borrowed from the medical discourse, “to auscultate” entails using an ear or a stethoscope to tune into an inner sound, whether it emanates from a human body, vibrates throughout a text or reverberates within a space. What does it mean, then, to auscultate the Caribbean? And why is it imperative that we do so today? This project aims to explore modes of listening to the Caribbean that interrogate the region’s histories and cultures from within (in other words, from its internal financial cries, social murmurs, cultural noises, environmental clatters, political cacophonies, etcetera). As our site of focus, the Caribbean—in its insular, archipelagic, continental, and diasporic forms—constitutes a critical zone that informs and allows us to grasp contemporary processes of migration, dispossession, devastation, decolonization, anti-imperialism, and memorialization. Despite its central place in global history, the Caribbean has remained at the margins of university curricula, especially in the U.S., where people have little knowledge of the region, its politics and citizens. This lack of attention, however, does not reflect the state of Caribbean Studies today, for over the last two decades scholarship on the subject has been booming at an unprecedented rate.

The Caribbean Studies Speakers Series (CSSS) represents a collective effort to foreground Caribbean Studies at Princeton University by convening a group of scholars on the basis of their innovative research in and on the region. From experimental soundscapes and digital self-writing to archival pedagogies and emancipatory memory, the works of these pioneers cross academic disciplines, not to mention historical, linguistic, and national boundaries. At the same time, they provide novel insights into ever-present questions about citizenship and belonging, racialization and coloniality. The series will consist of three panels—to take place on September 22, October 20, and November 15 of 2022—which will be centered on sound theory, archival studies, and literary production, respectively. Each panel will feature three guest speakers, accompanied by a faculty discussant and two graduate students who will serve as chair and moderator. In addition to producing and disseminating new knowledge about the Caribbean collectively, the objective of this initiative is to proffer a dossier with the presenters’ papers, briefly introduced by the graduate students and edited by the discussants. We intend to publish the document in the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies.

With the support of Professors Christina León (English) and Rachel Price (Spanish and Portuguese), this project has been organized by three graduate students—Andy Alfonso (DCE1), Rodney Lebrón Rivera (G3), and Ashford King (G2)—in the hope of fostering intergenerational dialogue while collaborating as Caribbeanist scholars who are building community at Princeton. In the spirit of cooperation, we have strived to assemble panels that bring together experts from different fields of study, in order to create a conversation that is diverse as much as it is dynamic. In that vein, the CSSS combines scholarship on sound, performance, media, archives, race, gender, memory, literature, cultural production, and digital humanities — all the while establishing comparisons among the various histories, geographies, and cultures that make up the Caribbean. Besides advancing the field of Caribbean Studies, our goal is to contribute to ongoing debates in the humanities on state violence, colonial legacies, cultural exchange, historical reconstruction, emancipatory writing, among other topics.

Event Type
Art and Culture
Event Category
AAS Co-Sponsored Events


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