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Speaker Augusto Espiritu, Associate Professor History, UIUC
Date Oct 3, 2013
Time 12:00 pm  
Location 101 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign
Sponsor Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
Contact Angelina Cotler
Event type BrownBag Lecture
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Much has been written about the complexities of “Americanization,” which names the dominant ideology in the U.S. insular empire in the half century after the War of 1898. But there has been precious little written about its rival discourse in hispanismo, which highlights the unity of the Spanish raza, or “race,” and provides a basis for critiquing “Anglo-Saxonism.” In this talk, I will explore the symbolic interimperial contest between the United States and Spain in the (neo) colonies of the American insular empire, especially from the vantage point of Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Filipino nationalist intellectuals. I will examine hispanismo through a comparative, intraimperial methodology, viz., across three distinct sites of U.S. empire, in both the Caribbean and Southeast Asia, exploring concretely shared historical experiences and posing the similarities and divergences in hispanismo’s articulations. Finally, I will end with a few speculations on hispanismo’s consequences for culture and politics in the empire and beyond.
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