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José Francisco Buscaglia Salgado

José Francisco Buscaglia Salgado

José Francisco Buscaglia Salgado

José Buscaglia is Chair of the Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the former director of the University of Havana-University at Buffalo MA Program in Caribbean Cultural Studies (2002-2014).

Buscaglia holds a B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from Princeton University (1986), a Masters in Architecture (1995) and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (1998), both from the University at Buffalo. He was the recipient in 2013 of the Nicolás Gullén Price for Philosophical Literature bestowed by the Caribbean Philosophical Association.

In Undoing Empire, Race, and Nation in the Mulatto Caribbean (2003) Buscaglia coined the neologism of “mulataje” as a practice of thinking and being that, since the 16th Century, has continuously attempted to undo the calculations of racialist ideology and its mechanisms of labor control and social policing. He has also reclaimed the term “Usonian” to refer to the peoples, nationalist ideologies and neo-imperial tradition of the United States of America. His most recent book is a critical edition of Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora’s 1690 account of piracy and captivity, Infortunios de Alonso Ramírez (2011).

Research interests

Deeply trans-disciplinary, his work deals primarily with the history of ideas and social institutions, the discourse on the human body in theorizing the public sphere and citizenship rights, as well as exploring questions of historical memory and the political imaginary in the Atlantic World. One of his long-standing interests is the ideology of racialism and the institutional persistence of the concept of race as it continues to inform power relations on a global scale. More recently he has been focusing on reclaiming supra-national formulations for rethinking geo-political possibilities and citizenship rights in the Greater Caribbean and the Western Hemisphere.

Main Publications

Books

  • Buscaglia Salgado, J., Undoing Empire, Race, and Nation in the Mulatto Caribbean. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003). ISBN 0-8166-3573-0 (HC), ISBN 0-8166-3574-9 (PB)
  • Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora, Historias del Seno Mexicano. José Francisco Buscaglia Salgado, ed., intro. (Havana: Casa de las Américas, 2009). ISBN 978-959-260-274-8.
  • Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora, Infortunios de Alonso Ramírez: Edición crítica de José F. Buscaglia. José F. Buscaglia Salgado, ed., intro. (Madrid: Polifemo/Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 2011). ISBN 978-84-00-09365-5.

Book Chapters

  • "De los veros pasos perdidos: Las ciudades españolas en la ficción carpenteriana" (Of the True 'Lost Steps': Spanish Cities in the Novels of Alejo Carpentier), Alejo Carpentier y España (Santiago de Compostela: Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, 2005): 299-321.
  • "El poder, la ideología y el terror en el Mar de las Antillas" (Power, Ideology and Terror in the Caribbean Sea), Historia de las Antillas vol. 5. José Antonio Piqueras and Consuelo Naranjo Orovio, eds., (Madrid: Doce Calles, 2014): 475-517.
  • "Race and the Constitutive Inequality of the Modern/Colonial Condition" Critical Terms in Caribbean and Latin American Thought: Historical and Institutional Trajectories (Nueva York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015): 109-124. ISBN 9781137554291.

Articles

  • "Puerto Rico '98: Architecture and Empire at the Fin de Siècle", Journal of Architectural Education, 48:4 (1995): 250-259.
  • "14 Mapas de precisiones imaginarias/ 14 Maps of Imaginary Precision", Intersight, 6 (2001): 114-133.
  • "Un Moro en la Gloria: Plácido, o el color de la indecisión" (A Moor in Heaven: Plácido, or the Color of Ambiguity), Azoteas, 3 (2003): 9-15.
  • "La Revolución Haitiana y la decapitación del ideal europeo" (The Haitian Revolution and the Decapitation of the European Ideal), Revista Casa de las Américas, 233 (2003): 143-148.
  • "1937: Carpentier y la lucha contra el fascismo" (1937: Carpentier and the Fight Against Fascism), Revista de la Biblioteca Nacional José Martí, 95.3-4 (2004): 24-29.
  • "The Misfortunes of Alonso Ramírez (1690) and the Duplicitous Complicity Between the Narrator, the Writer, and the Censor", Dissidences, Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism, 1.1 (2005).
  • "Las naciones imposibles y el mundo del mulataje en el Caribe" (The Impossible Nations and the World of Caribbean Mulataje), Estudos Lingüísticos e Literários, 31/32 (2005): 193-202.
  • "Diversión, fingimiento, y enmascaramiento en los Infortunios de Alonso Ramírez (1691)" (Diversion, Feigning and Cover-up in the Misfortunes of Alonso Ramirez, 1691), Revolución y Cultura, 2 (April, May, June 2006): 24-29.
  • "La 'Nuestra España' carpenteriana, o del cómo proceder cuidadosamente entre los escombros de una civilización" (Carpentier's "Our Spain," or of How to Proceed with Caution Through the Wreckage of a Civilization), Azoteas, 5 (2006): 59-74.
  • "El proyecto de la Liga Antillana (1869-1898) frente al imperialismo usoniano y al modelo del estado insular de la élites criollas" " (The Project of the Antillean League as a Challenge to Usonian Imperialism and to the Insular Nation State of the Creole Elites), Negritud: Revista de Estudios Afro-Latinoamericanos, 2.2 (Winter 2008-2009): 128-151.
  • "Infortunios de Alonso Ramírez (1690), o del naugfragio que le abrió a América el mundo" mundo (Misfortunes of Alonso Ramírez (1690), or On the Shipwreck that Opened the World to America), La Habana Elegante, 50 (Fall-Winter 2011). http://www.habanaelegante.com/Fall_Winter_2011/Dossier_Buscaglia.html
  • "El Caribe al final de la Era Usoniana: Hacia un nuevo modelo de confederación" (The Caribbean at the End of the Usonian Age: Towards a New Model of Confederation), Aguaita, Colombia, 23 (December 2011): 38-58.
  • "Pan, tierra y tapaboca: Luis Muñoz Marín y el breve interregno democrático del Partido Popular (Puerto Rico, 1938-1948)" (Bread, Land and Censorship: Luis Muñoz Marín and the Brief Democratic Interregnum of the Popular Party (Puerto Rico, 1938-1948), Diálogos Latinoamericanos, Arhus, Dinamarca, 20 (June 2013): 4-21.
  • "Yo que soy el Diputado de esta Ysla y su Representante": causas, consecuencias y alcance de la disputa entre el diputado de la Junta Central Suprema, Ramón Power, y el capitán general Salvador Meléndez en torno al mando supremo en la Isla de Puerto Rico, octubre-noviembre de 1809" ("I, Being this Island's Deputy and its Representative": Causes, Consequences and Legacy of the Dispute between the Deputy to the Junta Central Suprema, Ramón Power, and the Captain General Salvador Meléndez Concerning the Supreme Command of the Island of Puerto Rico, October-November 1809), La Habana Elegante, 54 (Fall-Winter 2013). http://www.habanaelegante.com/Fall_Winter_2013/Dossier_Antillano_BuscagliaSalgado.html
  • "Los alarifes de Santo Domingo: la historia oculta de los musulmanes que construyeron la primera ciudad europea en América" " (The Alarifes of Santo Domingo: the Hidden History of the Muslim Masters Who Build the First European City in America), Dirasat Hispánicas, Tunis, Tunisia, 1 (2014): 43-54. http://dirasathispanicas.org/index.php/dirasathispanicas/article/view/12
  • "Las Antillas, nuevamente, 'entre imperios' y de cómo enfrentarse al insularismo racialista para alcanzar el objetivo de una confederación regional" (The Antilles, once again, “between empires” and on how to confront racialist insularism to reach the goal of a regional confederation), Revista de Indias, Madrid, Spain, 75.263 (2015): 205-38. http://revistadeindias.revistas.csic.es/index.php/revistadeindias/article/view/986/1059.
  • José Buscaglia-Salgado and Karim Ghorbal, "Censuras y silencios en la Cuba decimonónica" (Censorships and Silences in Nineteenth-Century Cuba), Dirasat Hispanicas, Tunis, Tunisia, 2 (2015): 7-9.
  • José Buscaglia-Salgado and Conselo Naranjo Orovio, "Race as a Weapon: Defending the Colonial Plantation Order in the Name of Civilization", Culture & History Digital Journal, 4.2 (2015). http://cultureandhistory.revistas.csic.es/index.php/cultureandhistory/article/view/76/284
  • "Foregrounding the Ideologically Anachronistic: An Interview with Antillean Cuban Artist Alexis Esquivel", Culture & History Digital Journal, 4.2 (2015). http://cultureandhistory.revistas.csic.es/index.php/cultureandhistory/article/view/78/288
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