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ISA Faculty Lecture Series: Petal Samuel: 'The Loudest Place on Earth': Caribbean Soundscapes, Antiblackness, and Right to Quiet Discourse

The ISA Faculty Lecture Series presents Petal Samuel. Dr. Samuel is Assistant Professor in the Department of Africa, African-American and Diasporas Studies at UNC. She specializes in twentieth-century Afro-Caribbean literature and Caribbean anticolonial thought, politics, and aesthetics. Samuel’s current project examines how the management of the soundscape—through noise abatement laws and public discourses condemning noise—has served as a crucial avenue of racial and colonial governance in both the pre- and post-colonial Caribbean and throughout the Caribbean diaspora. The manuscript highlights the work of Afro-Caribbean women writers who embrace forms of “noisemaking” against the grain of these laws and public discourses, reclaiming them as subversive grammars that are integral to decolonization. From 2016-18, Samuel held a position as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. Her work is published in Anthurium, the Journal of West Indian Literature, The Black Scholar, and small axe salon.

Date: September 30, 2019
Time: 6:00pm
Address: Fed Ex Global Education Center, Room 1005, 301 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC