Afrocubanas: Translating Black Cuban Feminisms


Friday, October 2, 2020, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


Zoom (RSVP Required)

On Friday, October 2, 2020, from 12:00-2:00 (Eastern), AAAS Professor Alejandro de la Fuente will moderate a talk by Professor Devyn Spence Benson from Davidson College entitled Afrocubanas: Translating Black Cuban Feminisms.  This virtual event is free and preregistration is required.

Professor Devyn Spence Benson's talk, presented by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies in collaboration with Cuban American Undergraduate Student Association - CAUSA, examines the evolution of black women’s organizing in Havana from a working group to an island-wide intellectual project leading to the group’s first book Afrocubanas: Historia, pensamiento, and prácticas culturales (2011). The book provides new histories, analysis, and testimonies about black women’s lives to challenges negative stereotypes about Afrocubanas in Cuba. Professor Benson intends to share the process that led to thenew English edition (Rowman and Littlefield, 2020), examine the politics of translating black Cuban women’s experiences into English, and explore how translation serves as an act of black activism.