The 2019 Plenary of Political Geography speciality group of the American Association of Geographers features a keynote by Yarimar Bonilla. Professor Bonilla will use the case of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico to discuss “the coloniality of disaster,” or how catastrophic events like hurricanes, earthquakes, but also other forms political and economic crisis deepen the fault lines of long-existing racial and colonial histories. Dr. Rhiney joins Yarimar Bonilla, Laura Pulido and Gustavo Garcia-Lopez to discuss the apparent connection between ‘natural’ disasters, predatory capitalism and post/colonial legacies in the Caribbean. The session will attend to the ways these post/disaster landscapes become the means for reifying and extending existing post/colonial power relations and hegemonic practices on one hand, and an avenue for the promotion and accumulation of private capital on the other. The session will shed light on the unnaturalness of natural disasters and attend to the ways disasters in which disasters are socially produced and experienced differently through hierarchies of race, class and gender. More importantly, the plenary will explore the ways ideas around resilience can be reframed to imagine new and radically different forms of post-disaster recovery that are more just and equitable.
For full details of the event, taking place on April 5, 2019 at 5pm, visit the AAG webpage.