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Afrocubanas: Translating Black Cuban Feminisms
In this talk, Dr. Devyn Spence Benson (Associate Professor of Africana and Latin American Studies and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Davidson College), examines the evolution of black women’s organizing in Havana from a working group to an island-wide intellectual project leading to the group’s first book Afrocubanas: Historia, pensamiento, and prácticas culturales (2011). The book provides new histories, analysis, and testimonies about black women’s lives to challenges negative stereotypes about Afrocubanas in Cuba. Benson will share the process that led to the new English edition (Rowman and Littlefield, 2020), examine the politics of translating black Cuban women’s experiences into English, and explore how translation serves as an act of black activism.

Oct 2, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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