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May 12, 2016
12:00pm to 2:00pm
6275 Bunche Hall

This presentation explores the relationship between time – as it was regulated and embodied in the Cuban sugar plantation world – and the lived experiences of the people enslaved on these plantations. It juxtaposes the function of time as an ever-evolving technology of the plantation world, and its possibilities as a site of black fugitivity and regeneration. This split sense of “plantation-time” marked one of the most important tensions in the world of sugar production: slaveholders and managers sought to ration and appropriate time as a precious commodity, yet enslaved people consistently reshaped its strictures and repurposed its possibilities. Exploring the ways in which enslaved people were violently circumscribed by this plantation temporality, but also the creative means they found to circumvent it, will offer important ways to understand how they inhabited, negotiated, and resisted their enslavement.