AFAS Talk: “Postcolonial Repair and Afro-Descendant Resistance: How Guadeloupeans Reclaim the Terrain of History.”

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019 • 11:30 am
  • McMillan Cafe, McMillan Hall

The Department of African and African American Studies hopes you will join us for a talk by Raphaëlle Rabanes, Ph.D. fellow in Medical Anthropology at UC Santa Barbara.

Though the recent opening of the Memorial ACTe in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, a “center for the expressions of the memory of the slave trade and slavery,” the French government offered a symbolic gesture while continuing to evade the question of material and infrastructural reparations. Guadeloupe activists counter the claims that the historical violence of colonialism and slavery has been repaired and lies in the past. They defend a practice of history from below, stemming from eroding sepulchers and sites of resistance. In this talk, Rabbles foregrounds postcolonial repair as community-based and community-center to demonstrate the ways Guadeloupeans respond to the afterlife of slavery. Her talk analyzes the government discourse on symbolic reparations and its countering by memorial activists. She argues that repair requires an intentional engagement with the past as presence, through collective and embodied relationships with the land, ancestors and each other.

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