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ISA Faculty Lecture Series: “The ‘Loudest Place on Earth’: Caribbean Soundscapes, Anti-Blackness and the Right to Quiet Discourse”
September 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
The Institute for the Study of the Americas‘ Faculty Lecture Series will feature The “Loudest Place on Earth”: Caribbean Soundscapes, Anti-Blackness and the Right to Quiet Discourse. The lecture will be presented by Petal Samuel, Department of African, African-American and Diaspora Studies.
Petal Samuel specializes in twentieth-century Afro-Caribbean literature and Caribbean ant-colonial thought, politics, and aesthetics. Samuel’s current project examines how the management of the soundscape—through noise abatement laws and public discourses condemning noise—has served as a crucial avenue of racial and colonial governance in both the pre- and post-colonial Caribbean and throughout the Caribbean diaspora. The manuscript highlights the work of Afro-Caribbean women writers who embrace forms of “noisemaking” against the grain of these laws and public discourses, reclaiming them as subversive grammars that are integral to decolonization. From 2016-18, Samuel held a position as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. Her work is published in Anthurium, The Black Scholar, and small axe salon.