This book philosophically rethinks the global history of colonization by focusing on the formation of the European aesthetic ideas of indigeneity and blackness in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean at large, and how these ideas were deployed as markers of biopolitical governance. Using Foucault’s philosophical archaeology as method, this work argues that the European formation of indigeneity and blackness was based on aesthetically casting Aboriginal and African peoples in the Caribbean as monsters yet with a similar degree of Western civilization and ‘culture’. By focusing on the aesthetics of the first racial imageries that produced indigeneity and blackness this work takes a radical departure from the current Social Darwinian theorizations of race and racism. It reveals a new connection between the global origins of colonization and local post-Enlightenment histories via a critical voyage from the Caribbean to Australia.
Author: Carlos Rivera Santana, Research Associate, Centro
Commentator: Linda Alcoff, Philosophy Department, Hunter College
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Glass Café, 3rd Floor West Building, Hunter College, 68th Street and Lexington Avenue, NYC 10065