Political icons of 2009 Guadeloupe strike is topic of Oct. 11 presentation

Yarimar Bonilla, assistant professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Virginia, will present “Postcolonial Audacity: The Political Iconography of the 2009 Strike in Guadeloupe,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre.

This lecture will examine the political icons of the biggest general strike in the island of Guadeloupe’s history, which started Jan. 20, 2009 — the day U.S. President Obama was sworn into office. Civic organizations and labor unions came together to form a coalition against profiteering, exploitation and the expensive life that characterizes the French Caribbean. Together with their recently acquired Obama t-shirts, these militants created their own version of the “Yes we can” motto. Bonilla will explain how the Obama political esthetic was deployed in a particular form of postcolonial audacity in Guadeloupe.

The following are sponsoring the event: University of Iowa Caribbean, Diaspora and Atlantic Studies Program; European Studies Group; African Studies Program; UI International Programs; and the UI Department of French and Italian in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Anny Curtius at anny-curtius@uiowa.edu or 319-335-2261.