BOOK EVENT: Caste Rebellion

Caste Rebellion: The Origins of the Guatemalan Plantation State, 1780-1940

Book Launch: Thursday, March 24th 2022, 5-7pm (EST)

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Three experts on plantation studies, land-grabbing, and rural violence in Latin America will discuss Sergio Palencia’s Rebelión estamental y el origen del Estado finquero en Guatemala, 1780-1940, a book recently published by the Autonomous University of Mexico. The book delves into the crisis of Spanish colonialism and the conflictive emergence of coffee plantations in nineteenth century Guatemala. The book launch will be in English.

Maria Luisa Mendonça (Center for Place, Culture and Politics, CUNY) is an expert on the political economy of agriculture and geopolitical resistance by rural social movements in Brazil and internationally. Author of Political Economy of Agribusiness.

Mary Roldán (Hunter College, CUNY) holds the Dorothy Epstein Chair in Latin American History. She specializes in twentieth century Colombian social, political history, and state formation. Author of Blood and Fire. La Violencia in Antioquia, Colombia, 1946-53.

Marc Edelman (Hunter College, CUNY) works at the intersection of agrarian issues, social movements, and human rights. In Central America, he analyzed changing land tenure, land use patterns, and rural class relations. Author of The Logic of the Latifundio.

Sergio Palencia is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He traces the history of the Guatemalan guerrilla rebellion and the military genocide in 1980-84.

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This event is sponsored by the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, and the Department of Anthropology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. It is free and open to the public.