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For Hope and Healing: A Visual Homage

On this 17th day of December, and in this year 2020, especially, I honour Babalu Aye, the great Yoruba Orisha of illness and healing.Whether it be ourselves, our loved ones, this beautiful earth, the vast oceans and blue lakes and rivers, the air we breathe; they who invoke Babaluaye on this day, invoke transformative and curative energies. His colours are purple and yellow and brown. … Continue reading For Hope and Healing: A Visual Homage

El Doble Exilio: Un Homenaje Breve a Nicolas Guillen y la Lucha Liberatoria de los Afro-Cubanos copyright Kaushalya Bannerji, 2008-2019

Copyright/Derechos de Autor Kaushalya Bannerji 2019 Este ponencia se basa en una perspectiva interdisciplinaria, que tiene como su objetivo, un mejor entendimiento del papel de la cultura y el derecho en formar en la formación de la identidad individual, y colectiva de ser humano como ser social. En particular, mi interés en la cultura afro-cubana me ha traído a la historia. Mi trabajo investigativo, se … Continue reading El Doble Exilio: Un Homenaje Breve a Nicolas Guillen y la Lucha Liberatoria de los Afro-Cubanos copyright Kaushalya Bannerji, 2008-2019

Re-Humanizing the Caribbean : The Micro-Histories of Documentalist Gloria Rolando

Kaushalya Bannerji (Excerpt from presentation, Berkshires Women’s History Conference) copyright 2014 This is a piece whose purpose is to reflect on and pay tribute to the work of Gloria Rolando, whose commitment to Afro-Cuban history and  to the notion of culture as resistance to forces of oppression and hegemonic amnesia, make her films both contextually important and necessary; as histories whose details and meanings lie … Continue reading Re-Humanizing the Caribbean : The Micro-Histories of Documentalist Gloria Rolando

This Black Man is Lost! An Essay on Afro-History, Law and the Failure of Liberalism in Cuba 1880-1912 Copyright 2013-2019 Kaushalya Bannerji

 “Este negro se ha perdido. Nadie sabe de donde es!” Afro-Peruvian folk song I used this quotation to open this essay, because it signals to the centrality of racism as a material lived practice and set of social relations that totally transforms ways of being and seeing— or ontology and epistemology. In our Eurocentric conceptual framework, we are ‘lost’ when we do not where we … Continue reading This Black Man is Lost! An Essay on Afro-History, Law and the Failure of Liberalism in Cuba 1880-1912 Copyright 2013-2019 Kaushalya Bannerji