Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Cultura y Comunidad keynote lecture

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

"Colonial Nostalgia: Place, Gender, and Race in Early Twentieth-Century Postcards Sent from Cuba"
Presented by Dr. Kristine Juncker
Independent Scholar and Curator
Madison Union Ballroom
Reception to follow

With Cuba’s independence from Spain in December of 1898, a tide of Colonial nostalgia emerged among many tourism-based and creative industries. Postcard images were often photographed by Cubans but mechanically printed in the United States and sold in Cuban tourist venues to both national and international audiences. These photomechanical postcards characterized the nation and its people by transforming architectural images as well as once semi-anthropological materials documenting gender, race, costume and social class as leisure-based paraphernalia. This adaptation of cultural studies involved rather extreme creative embellishment and enforced stereotypes that remain problematic today.

Kristine Juncker, PhD, is a writer, educator and curator for institutions including the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Her writing and research focus on the histories of Afro-Atlantic art and material culture, especially photographic practices, with a methodological emphasis on digital curating and the digital humanities. The University of Florida published her first book, Afro-Cuban Religious Arts, in 2014. She is currently working on a second book about twentieth-century photographic movements in Cuba and their international impact. In conjunction with this second book project, she is a contributing editor for the online journal CubaCounterpoints.com. Dr. Juncker has taught at institutions including James Madison University, De Montfort University in Leicester, England, and the University of Warwick, in Coventry England.

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