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Paul Youngquist: "Maps Without Territories: Disappearing Trelawney Town"

Professor Paul Youngquist, University of Colorado, Boulder

Paul Youngquist is a Professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of A Pure Solar Wind: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism (2016), Cyberfiction: After the Future (2010), Monstrosities: Bodies and British Romanticiam (2003), and Madness and Blake's Myth (1990), and the editor of Race, Romanticism, and the Atlantic (2013) and An Historical Account of the Black Empire in Hayti by Marcus Rainford.

In this talk, Professor Youngquist will examine the use of cartography to justify first the constraints place on the Maroons of Jamaica as a legally decreed indigenous population and second the expropriation of their land after the 1795-96 rebellion. He will also discuss his work with the Maroons in Jamaica and the way fieldwork can and should inform the work literary scholars do today, especially around questions of race, resistance, and indigeneity.