This reflection on Ren Ellys Neyra’s The Cry of the Senses: Listening to Latinx and Caribbean Poetics (2020) engages their reading of Beatriz Santiago Muñoz’s cinema, paying particular attention to sensorial actualities that offer apprehension of the past of colonial violence that is the present. It focuses in particular on Santiago Muñoz’s Otros Usos (2014), which specifically explores Vieques, Puerto Rico. To apprehend the past that is the present requires indexing the continuity of the plantation economy, and thus its racial order, in the military complex, in the tourist economy, and in the current rounds of colonial settlement through tax haven conditions in the realm of real estate. The essay shifts the language of anticolonial sensorial errancy to decolonial sensorial errancy to focus on the forms of “slow violence” of economic invasion/ control, the productivity of which presses us to attend to the forms of insidious, ubiquitous racial violence they represent.
Sensorial Errancy in Decolonial Key
Rocío Zambrana’s work explores decolonial thought and praxis in the Caribbean, specifically attending to the operation of capitalism in the region. She is the author of Hegel’s Theory of Intelligibility (2015) and Colonial Debts: The Case of Puerto Rico (2021); a coeditor of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy; and a series coeditor of the forthcoming Constelaciones de filosofía feminista. She also has been a columnist for 80grados (San Juan, Puerto Rico).
Rocío Zambrana; Sensorial Errancy in Decolonial Key. Small Axe 1 July 2022; 26 (2 (68)): 144–153. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-9901710
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