Alexander Sotelo Eastman (Dartmouth College)
Alexander is Postdoctoral Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Dartmouth College with a specialization on the diaspora in Latin American and the Caribbean. He is interested in how public opinion is formulated, expressed and circulated, in particular among marginalized communities that have not historically had full access to citizenship and print media. His dissertation, titled “Binding Freedom: Cuba’s Black Public Sphere, 1868-1912,” examines the evolution and legacy of the discourse of colorblindness from the struggle for national independence through the abolition of slavery and the early civil rights movement. He maps the alliances Caribbean people of African descent forged and the networks of communication that existed across the Atlantic and between freed and enslaved peoples.
His interest in print culture and the formation of collective identities bridges his scholarship on surfing where he focuses on travel writing and the social history of international surf tourism. Alex is currently working on an article about the organization of surf tourism within the Guantanamo Naval Base and its links with larger processes of globalization and US intervention in Cuba.
His research has received support from the Fulbright Commission, the U.S. Department of State, the California Teachers Association, the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami and the CLIR Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources. He has published articles on the black press, antislavery narratives and black veterans in Cuba’s wars of independence.
“Paving the Way to Pavones: Property Wars, Narratives of Discovery and the Fantasy of Surfing Paradise.” (under review)
“Binding Consumption: Cuba’s Early Black Press and the Struggle for Legitimacy, 1879-1886.” Siglo diecinueve (literatura hispánica) 21 (2015): 29-46.
Dexter Zavalza Hough-Snee (University of California, Berkeley)
Dexter is a Ph.D candidate in Hispanic Languages and Literatures. When he’s not theorizing surfing, his research focuses on colonial Latin American satire and Early Modern economic thought, with secondary interests in illustration, print production, and costumbrismo. Analyzing the transatlantic publication and circulation of colonial Latin American literary and visual satire, his dissertation research focuses on the intersections of satirical production (1598-1797), Early Modern globalization, and economic thought.
His research has been supported by the Fulbright Commission, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Education, the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Bancroft Library, the Teagle Foundation, and the University of California. His recent academic articles focus on surfing’s relationship to nationalism and decolonization in Peru and Latin America; satire, book illustration, and political critique; satire and the colonial economy; and the conquest campaigns of Diego de Vargas Zapata Luján Ponce de León. He is the editor of a recent volume on satire in colonial Latin America (Iberoamericana/Vervuert 2015) and the translator of several scholarly articles.
“Barcos y cuerpos en un ‘mar de miserias’: Economía colonial y sustitución semántica en Mateo Rosas de Oquendo.” in III Jornadas Coloniales (título provisional). Eds. Ángela Helmer, Claudia Parodia y Jimena Rodríguez. Madrid: Iberoamericana/Vervuert, in process 2015.
“You Have the Right to Surf: Riding Waves of Decolonization, Modernity, and Nationalism in Peru” in Sports and Nationalism in Latin/o America. Eds. Robert McKee Irwin, Hector L’Hoeste Fernández, and Juan Poblete. New York: Palgrave, 2015.
“Ilustrando la república a través de la sátira colonial: Ignacio Merino y la reconfiguración de Lima por dentro y fuera.” in Estudios de sátira hispanoamericana colonial & Estudos da sátira do Brasil-Colônia:“de estranhos casos que jamais pintaram” a “despoblados extensos.” Eds. Dexter Zavalza Hough-Snee and Eduardo Viana da Silva. Madrid: Iberoamericana/Vervuert. 2015.
Estudios de sátira hispanoamericana colonial & Estudos da sátira do Brasil-Colônia:“de estranhos casos que jamais pintaram” a “despoblados extensos.” Eds. Dexter Zavalza Hough-Snee and Eduardo Viana da Silva. Madrid: Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2015.