Public talk at the National Library of Latvia: Anthropologist Carlo A. Cubero on the hurricane aftermath in Puerto Rico

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Carlo A. Cubero
Carlo A. Cubero

The Latvian Association of Anthropologists, in collaboration with the National Library of Latvia, invites you to the upcoming public talk in our Narrating the Human series.

Date: Monday, 4 December
Time: 18.00
Location: Baltic Research Centre for East Asian Studies (ASIARES) Reading Room (Level M), National Library of Latvia, Mūkusalas iela 3
Speaker: Carlo A. Cubero, Associate Professor at Tallinn University
Title: My hurricane diary
Event language: English
Admission: free

About the talk:
"The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has been the most destructive hurricane season in recorded history. In September, two category 5 hurricanes struck numerous islands of the Caribbean causing unprecedented damage and provoking an ecological and humanitarian crisis. My digital diary of this disaster has focused on the ongoing coverage of the storm's effects on the Puerto Rican archipelago. In this talk, I will be discussing recurring tropes that have been emerging in the coverage of the disaster and will contrast this coverage with the ways in which Puerto Ricans, and the diaspora, are experiencing this event. I have two tentative arguments. I will be suggesting that, while media coverage has focused on the immediate impact of the storms, the post-hurricane experience has highlighted the contradictions and complexities of Puerto Rico's relationship to the United States, the wider Caribbean basin, and the diaspora's role in the island's identity politics. I will also oppose the narrative of recovery politics as it is presented in international media. In effect, I will be arguing for the impossibility of recovery from a natural disaster like this one."

About the speaker:
Carlo A. Cubero is Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Tallinn University. He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology using Visual Media from the University of Manchester, where he specialised in the contemporary Caribbean and Visual Anthropology.


Ieva Puzo
Latvian Association of Anthropologists