The British Misinvention of the Caribbean: The Colonizer´s Mind

The Misinvention of the Caribbean is a seminar series organised by TORCH Global South Visiting Fellow Eduardo Lalo, a professor of Literature, author and artist from Puerto Rico. The series will consist of three seminars exploring how forgein travelers have depicted and somehow misrepresented the Caribbean and it inhabitants through their travel accounts. For each session, Eduardo Lalo will interact with two discussants from various research fields, such as History, Literature, and Migration Studies. The series has therefore a strong interdisciplinary character, and contributions from the audience will be much appreciated.

The third and final session of the series will be dedicated to the British “misinvention” of the Caribbean as seen in examples of travel literature by British authors of the XIX century. Works by Froude, Anthony Trollope and Sir St. John Spencer will be considered.

The seminar is open to the general public. A drinks reception will follow the seminar from 6:30 to 7pm.