The University of Iowa

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

October 4th, 2010

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 or 319-335-2261.