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Beyond Disaster Capitalism: Puerto Rican Cultural Solidarity Networks in the Aftermath of María

Sun, Nov 11, 9:30 to 10:45am, Hilton Atlanta, Floor: 2, 211 (LCD)


Facing the white supremacy’s media hegemonic narrative of the aftermath of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico, this paper is a case-study of the catastrophic phenomenon’s impact of the island’s cultural workers from several artistic disciplines. Bearing in mind that the implementation of racist austerity policies before the hurricane and the corrupt colonial government’s disastrous mishandling of humanitarian aid have increased the oppression suffered by vulnerable populations, the essay is focused on women’s and trans people’s experiences. The text also reflects on the Puerto Rican communities’ solidarity networks as a future paradigm of artist’s roles in anticolonial efforts.


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