12/05: Non-Sovereign Revolutions? Thinking Across Puerto Rico & Hong Kong

Thursday December 5th,

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM EST

CUNY Graduate Center

365 5th Avenue

Room C198

New York, NY 10016

How can we think through questions of sovereignty, self-determination, autonomy, decolonization, and new political futures in our societies?

This event will bring together scholars and activists interested in this year’s uprisings in Puerto Rico and Hong Kong to think about non-sovereign politics. The goal is to think comparatively across non-sovereign societies in order to develop a shared vocabulary and theoretical toolkit for thinking about questions of sovereignty, self-determination, autonomy, decolonization, and the search for new political futures in societies that challenge traditional understandings of decolonization and nationalism.


  • Yarimar Bonilla (Hunter College/CUNY Graduate Center)
  • Rocío Zambrana (Emory University)
  • Wen Liu (SUNY-Albany)
  • Rosemarie Ho (Lausan Collective)
  • Jun Pang (Lausan Collective)


Event is open to the public. Bring a form of valid ID to enter the building. Contact us below for any accessibility needs or other assistance.

Recommended readings

Yarimar Bonilla, “Unsettling Sovereignty,” Cultural Anthropology, Vol. 32, No. 3 (2017)

Interview with Yarimar Bonilla, “Puerto Rican Politics Will Never Be the Same,” Jacobin (2019)

Wilfred Chan, “Hong Kong’s Fight for Life,” Dissent Magazine (2019)

Tony, “This is not restoration,” Lausan, originally published in The Owl (2019)

This event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by The Center for Place, Culture and Politics and Lausan Collective.

Facebook event here.

You can RSVP to the event here.