Honoring Place: Understanding Place, Space & Displacement

In this unit, we invite the ASHE community into a conversation that explores how we understand space, place, and displacement. The scholarly engagements in this unit will challenge our understandings and relationships to space as they relate to power, violence, and assumed right to access to these spaces.


Guiding Questions

  • Place based epistemologies
  • Indigenous knowledge systems
  • Puerto Rico history & culture
  • How do we understand place?
  • What does it mean to be in relationship with place?
  • How do we engage with place as visitors?
  • How do we engage with place responsibly and respectfully?

Scholarly Engagements

Place Based Epistemologies


Dias, V. (2016). In the wake of Matapang’s canoe: The Cultural and political possibilities of Indigenous discursive flourish. In A. M. Robinson (Ed.), Critical Indigenous studies: Engagements in first world locations (pp. 119-149). University of Arizona Press.

Goodison, L. (2010).  From Harvey River: A memoir of my mother and her island. Atlantic Books Ltd. 

Ingersoll, K. A. (2016). Waves of knowing: A seascape epistemology. Duke University Press.

Kanahele, P. (2005). I am this land, and this land is me. Hūlili: Multidisciplinary Research on Hawaiian Well-Being. Ulukau: The Hawaiian Electronic Library, 2(1), 21-34.

Kimmerer, R. W. (2013). Braiding sweet grass:Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the teachings of plants. Milkweed Editions.

McCoy, K., Tuck, E., & McKenzie, M. (Eds.). (2017). Land Education: Rethinking pedagogies of place from Indigenous, postcolonial, and decolonizing perspectives. Routledge.

Negrón-Muntaner, F. (2006). Bridging Islands: Gloria Anzaldúa and the Caribbean. PMLA, 121(1), 272-278.

Wildcat, M., McDonald, M., Irlbacher-Fox, S., & Coulthard, G. (2014). Learning from the land: Indigenous land based pedagogy and decolonization. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education, Society, 3(3), 1-25.

Puerto Rico’s Story

The Taina route and Indigenous culture in Puerto Rico. (n.d.). https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/article/taina-route-indigenous-culture-puerto-rico
Temporal: Puerto Rican resistance education guide. (2019). Temporal Puerto Rican Resistance. https://www.mocp.org/education/resources/temporal_education_guide_english-v9-readers-spreads.pdf
Puerto Rican Syllabus. (n.d.). Critical thinking about the Puerto Rican debt crisis #prsyllabus. https://puertoricosyllabus.com 
Faria, C. (2016, October 6). Puerto Rico Dept Of Tourism 1950s. [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50T80xf79Tc

Discover Puerto Rico. (n.d.).The heart & soul of the Caribbean. https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/ 
Bonilla, Y. (n.d.) Aftershocks of disaster film. [Video] https://vimeo.com/445580347 

The People of Boriken

African and Indigenous Connections

Sound Field. (2020, December 9). Why Puerto Rican bomba music is resistance. [Video]. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RGqiGHWDrQ

KQED Arts. (2020, June 9). Puerto Rico's bomba, a dance of the African diaspora | KQED arts. [Video]. Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0vzkGKEWX4

Pulitzer Center Project - A Revolution for Puerto Rico’s Afro-Latinos:

Alford, S. N., (2019, September 21). A revolution for Puerto Rico's Afro-Latinos. Pulitzer Center. https://pulitzercenter.org/projects/revolution-puerto-ricos-afro-latinos
Pulitzer Center. (2020, October 13). Racial identity and representation in Puerto Rico with Natasha S. Alford. [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5F1DZSowrg

Pulitzer Center. (2020, June 1). Meet the journalist: Natasha S. Alford on Afro-LatinX communities in Puerto Rico.  [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feoj9rvCAfk

theGrio. (2020, December 26). Afro-Latinx revolution: Puerto Rico (FULL DOCUMENTARY). [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uM83LNZmWs

Afro-Puerto Ricans

Hinojosa, M. (2020, April). Reporter's notebook: Afro-Puerto ricans fighting to be visible on the census. [Audio Podcast Episode]. In Latino USA. Futuro Media Group. https://open.spotify.com/episode/1Z7fYNnnpKx2KvSesUpkZ3

Demby, G, & Meraji, S. M. (2020, April). Puerto Rico, island of racial harmony? [Audio Podcast Episode] In Code Switch. NPR. https://open.spotify.com/episode/4E3TVtZBLI7R2ovA1JFrRm

The Puerto Rican Flag

Agrelo, J. (n.d.). The Puerto Rican flag’s evolving colors say a lot about the island’s relationship with its colonial rulers. Mother Jones. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/01/puerto-rico-flag-gag-law-resistance-flag-colonialism/
StretchBobbitoVEVO. (2020, December 17). "Que bonita bandera" stretch & bobbito + the m19s band ft Eddie Palmieri, Jeimy Osorio,.. [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVnXoWOMzCQ

Albertini234. (2008, April 15). Himno Verdadero de Puerto Rico. [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOKUUqE08cY 


Table of Contents


Section 2

Colonialism, Settler Colonialism, and Soveriegnty: Reflecting on their Role in Higher Education


Section 3

Contested Space: The Enduring Legacy of Colonialism in Puerto Rico


Section 4

The Puerto Rican Higher Education System in an Era of Resistance/Refusal and Turmoil