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Pasarse Políticamente": On Protest in Puerto Rico

Mar 19 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design


Graduate Lectures

511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

In this talk Dr. Rocio Zambrana will explore Guillermo Rebollo-Gil’s notion “pasarse políticamente” as an interruption of the violence of austerity in fiscally distressed Puerto Rico. “Pasarse políticamente” (roughly, “crossing the line”) is an interruption of the violence of quotidian life that offends because “the objective violence to which it points is extremely offensive.” Such acts of protest are precarious not only because they index the race/gender/class hierarchies on display when protesters are deemed unruly, vulgar, violent. Rather, they are precarious because they fail to appear as acts of protest at all, pointing to key aesthetic and epistemic challenges. Rebollo-Gil nevertheless calls these acts “hopeful,” since they require the transformation of the very framework of sense to be grasped as forms of protest. Because Rebollo-Gil argues that the uncertainty of such acts makes them hopeful, Dr. Rocio Zambrana reads his conception in light of Walter Benjamin’s notion of interruption (Entsetzung). Crucial here is interrupting the effectivity of what Dr. Rocio Zambrana calls neoliberal coloniality.