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Social Science and Public Policy

Identity and Decoloniality in Contemporary Caribbean Comics

March 16, 2021 at 11:15am12:15pm EDT

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Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

Program on Latin America and the Caribbean presents

Identity and Decoloniality in Contemporary Caribbean Comics

This presentation will examine the decolonial narratives presented in independent comics such as La Borinqueña (Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez), Temporada (Rosaura Rodríguez), Is’nana: The Were-Spider and Marassa (Greg Anderson-Elysée), and Contos dos Orixás(Hugo Canuto). By focusing on the creators’ engagement with the natural world, it will demonstrate how they reject colonial discourses of exploitation and extraction, be it through activism, depicting the realities of post-María Puerto Rico, or by turning to Afrodiasporic and Indigenous spiritualities to question our relationship with the environment. Despite their contrasting styles and genres, these comics center Black, Indigenous, and Caribbean perspectives to articulate multifaceted narratives of resistance and imagine complex, decolonial futures.

Paul Humphrey


Assistant Professor


Colgate University

Paul Humphrey is Assistant Professor at Colgate University, where he teaches classes in LGBTQ studies and Caribbean studies. His research and teaching focus on gender, sexuality, and Afrodiasporic religions in contemporary Caribbean literature. He is the author of Santería, Vodou and Resistance in Caribbean Literature: Daughters of the Spirits (Legenda, 2019) and his articles have appeared in Bulletin of Hispanic StudiesStudies in ComicsJournal of Haitian StudiesSargasso, and International Journal of Francophone Studies.

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This event was first published on February 17, 2021 and last updated on March 8, 2021.

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