This talk discusses decolonial and afropessimist accounts of contemporary discourses of catastrophe, reflecting on those circulating in the context of the pandemic. Following Yuderkys Espinosa Miñoso, as well as Saidiya Hartman, the talk discusses how these discourses reinstall rather than question capitalist, modern notions of progress. The talk furthermore asks what would be required to imagine life in common beyond such coordinates of sense.
Rocío Zambrana's work examines critiques of capitalism and coloniality in various philosophical traditions, especially Marxism, Decolonial Thought, and Feminisms of the Américas (Latinx, Latin American, Caribbean). Her current work explores coloniality as the afterlife of colonialism, considering the articulation and deployment of race/gender as crucial to the development and resilience of capitalism. Zambrana considers the manifestations of coloniality in a colonial context by examining fiscally distressed Puerto Rico. She is the author of Colonial Debts: The Case of Puerto Rico (Duke University Press, 2021) and Hegel’s Theory of Intelligibility (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015), in addition to articles, book chapters, and columns on related themes. She is Co-Editor, with Bonnie Mann, Erin McKenna, and Camisha Russell, of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, and columnist for 80grados (San Juan, Puerto Rico). From Mayagüez, PR, Zambrana holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Puerto Rico, Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez, and an MA and PhD in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research.
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