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Courtney Morris (RSA)

When Nov 01, 2016
from 11:45 AM to 01:00 PM
Where 121 Borland Building
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To Defend this Sunrise: Black Women’s Community Activism and the Geography of Race in Nicaragua

This study examines Afro-descendant women’s political subjectivity and activist cultures in the Caribbean coastal city of Bluefields. Combining ethnography, archival research, and oral history, this project reveals how the racialization of space through state policy, official narratives of Mestizo nationalism, cultural representations, and popular discourse has marked Black communities on the Caribbean coast as marginal citizens whose racial difference threatens the nation. Thus, Afro-Nicaraguan women’s political activism has historically been enacted in local struggles to redefine the region’s place in the Mestizo nation-state. I argue that Afro-Nicaraguan women have forged a politics of place that challenges broader processes of anti-Black racism, gender subordination, and economic inequality in Nicaragua. This study explores the various cultural and political sites where Afro-Nicaraguan women are producing counter-narratives of regional justice that disrupt exclusionary narratives of citizenship and national belonging.