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Book Talk: “A Contested Caribbean Indigeneity” with Sherina Feliciano-Santos

Dr. Sherina Feliciano-Santos
Anthropology - University of South Carolina
Date and Time: 
Friday, November 12, 2021 - 15:30 to 17:00

Via Zoom


Please join the Center for Global Ethnography for a book talk by Dr. Sherina Feliciano-Santos (Anthropology, University of South Carolina) on her new monograph, A Contested Caribbean Indigeneity: Language, Social Practice, and Identity within Puerto Rican Taíno Activism (Rutgers UP, 2021).

In the first part of the session, Dr. Feliciano-Santos will introduce the book followed by an audience Q&A in the second, moderated by Jonathan Rosa, the Center’s co-director.

From the publisher:

“A Contested Caribbean Indigeneity is an in-depth analysis of the debates surrounding Taíno/Boricua activism in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean diaspora in New York City. Drawing on in-depth ethnographic research, media analysis, and historical documents, the book explores the varied experiences and motivations of Taíno/Boricua activists as well as the alternative fonts of authority they draw on to claim what is commonly thought to be an extinct ethnic category. It explores the historical and interactional challenges involved in claiming membership in, what for many Puerto Ricans, is an impossible affiliation. In focusing on Taíno/Boricua activism, the books aims to identify a critical space from which to analyze and decolonize ethnoracial ideologies of Puerto Ricanness, issues of class and education, Puerto Rican nationalisms and colonialisms, as well as important questions regarding narrative, historical memory, and belonging.”

More information about the book is availible here at Rutgers University Press.

For SUL patrons, Dr. Feliciano-Santos’s book is available online here.

For any questions about the event, please contact David Stentiford,