Yarimar is a frequent lecturer and keynote speaker at colleges, universities, and academic conferences throughout the US and abroad. She is also a featured speaker at a wide range of other venues, including museums, galleries and art biennales. Most of her presentations center around issues of race and imperialism in the US, the politics of debt and disaster in Puerto Rico, and the importance of digital humanities and public scholarship.


2019   2018

December 7, 2018

Keynote lecture for the symposium “It Has to Come From Here: Protesting Twenty-First Century Caribbean Colonialisms” Winthrop-King Institute For Contemporary French And Francophone Studies

Florida State University


November 27, 2018

Presentation at MoMA R&D Salon

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY 

October 18, 2018

Keynote Lecture for Movements and Migrations: A Conference on the Engaged Humanities

Wake Forest University 

October 15, 2018

Social Anthropology Lecture Series

Harvard University 

October 11, 2018

Presentation at Human Rights Workshop

Yale Law School  

October 4, 2018

Languages, Literatures and Culture Lecture Series

Seton Hall University 

July 28, 2018

“The Museum of the Old Colony” y Los Imaginarios del Imperio Ayer y Hoy

Conversatorio entre Yarimar Bonilla y Pablo Delano

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico

April 28, 2018

Uncle Sam’s Empire

Presentation for: Unions and Federations in Imperial and Anti-Imperial Political Thought International Conference

Columbia University

April 19, 2018

Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria ,and the Crisis of Colonialism Conference

University of Illinois-Chicago

April 04, 2018

Symposium on Race, Decolonization, and the Caribbean

Lafayette College

April 6, 2018

The Wait of Disaster : An Affective Map of Hurricane Maria

Weissman Center for Leadership Distinguished Lecture

Mount Holyoke College

March 3, 2018

Non-Sovereign Futures Book Talk

Yarimar Bonilla in conversation with Tout Monde Festival Curators

Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Miami, FL

February 1, 2018

The Wait of Disaster: Hurricanes and the Politics of Recovery in Puerto Rico

Anthropology Colloquium

University of California – Los Angeles

January 31, 2018

The Wait of Disaster: Hurricanes and the Politics of Recovery in Puerto Rico

Race, Violence, Inequality and the Anthropocene Research Lecture.

Humanities Institute, University of California – Santa Cruz

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Yarimar is a celebrated author and editor known for both her analytical acumen and lucid prose. Throughout her writings she explores how contemporary political actors navigate, contest, and transform the limits of modern politics across the Americas and beyond.

Digital Projects

Professor Bonilla has a strong interest in the role of digital technologies in the democratization of knowledge. She produces animated scholarly videos, public syllabi, and online scholarly resources.

Academic Articles

Writing broadly across disciplines and fields, Bonilla’s academic articles have tackled questions of coloniality, sovereignty, historicity, racial politics, digital ethnography, cartographic representation, and the politics of memory. At present she is committed to publishing solely in open-access platforms.