The NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), present a talk by Praveen Sewgobind (PhD Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher Graduate Center, City University New York) titled "Beyond the Black-White Binary: Surinamese Black and Brown Entanglements of Racialization under White Supremacy", as part of the Racisms in Comparative Perspective Working Group, moderated by Professor Pamela Calla (CLACS).
This event is free and open to the public. ID is required to enter the building.
In this paper I analyze and bring into conversation the racialized entanglements of the two largest ethnic groups of Suriname, the Afro-Surinamese and Hindustani communities. Having entered the former Dutch colony at different, successive historical moments, these communities have been the subject of a Dutch divide-and-rule policy, which has resulted in cultural and racial antagonisms between these two groups, under a system of white supremacy.
By close-reading texts written from the perspective of these two racial groups, I come to terms with the intricate ways that embodying processes of racialization have informed, and continue to inform identities within a racial schema that has instilled a deep understanding that whiteness is not a racial category. Yet, people of color are still effectively "deviating" from a normatively operating whiteness.
About the Speakers:
Praveen Sewgobind is an activist-academic working to deepen and complicate Critical Race Theory with a decolonial lens, focusing on Caribbean ‘post-colonies’ (Suriname and Guyana) and the settler-colonial space known as the U.S.
In his PhD dissertation, he explored the nexus of South Asian diaspora memory and migration, in relation to decolonial cosmopolitanism. He holds a BA in English Language and Culture from the University of Amsterdam, and an rMA in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam. In August 2019, he successfully defended his dissertation at the University of Potsdam (cum laude).
In the academic year 2019-2020 he will be performing research on the entanglement/embodiment of racialization of African and South Asian communities in Suriname and Guyana at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Pamela Calla is an anthropologist and is the Clinical Associate Professor at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University and director of the Observatory on Racism of the Universidad de la Cordillera in La Paz, Bolivia. Currently she also co-coordinates the "Network of Observatories on Racism in the Americas", an initiative launched by the Universidad de la Cordillera and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas. She is the author of works on race, racism, gender, sexism, ethnicity, interculturality and state formation in Bolivia and coeditor of Antropología del Estado: Dominación y prácticas contestatarias en America Latina. She was an Associate Researcher of the "The State of the State in Bolivia", a project ofthe Informe sobre Desarrollo Humano, 2007, United Nations Development Project and coeditor and author of Observando el Racismo: Racismo y Regionalismo en el Proceso Constituyente Boliviano, Agenda Defensorial No. 11 and 13, Defensor del Pueblo and Universidad de la Cordillera.