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  06, 2019

Caribbean Digitial Conference 

Columbia University

New York, NY

December  05, 2019

Non-Sovereign Revolutions: Thinking through Puerto Rico and Hong Kong

CUNY Graduate Center

New York, NY

December  03, 2019

Aftershocks of Disaster Book Discussion

Princeton, New Jersey

November  22, 2019

Foro: El Verano de 2019 y Futuros Alternos para Puerto Rico

Escuela de Derecho, Universidad Interamericana

San Juan, PR

November  14, 2019

Aftershocks of Disaster Book Discussion

Rutgers University

New Brunswick, New Jersey

November  07, 2019

American Studies Association Conference

Honolulu, HI

October 30, 2019

Guadeloupe, Martinique and Puerto Rico: Comparing Post-colonial, Non-Sovereign Trajectories in the Caribbean

Roundtable discussion with Yarimar Bonilla, Edgardo Melendez, and Audrey Celestine

NYU Institute of French Studies

October 25, 2019

For the Many Symposium

University of Chicago 

October 24, 2019

Book Talk: Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm

The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture

Chicago, IL

October 12, 2019

Discussion de Replicas del Desastre en Casa Pueblo

Adjuntas, PR

October 21, 2019

Coloniality of Disaster

NYU Seminar on Climate Change

New York, NY

October 9, 2019

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo

San Juan, PR

October 04, 2019

Making Sense of the Storm: Public Scholarship in the Wake of Disaster

Keynote Lecture for the 2019 Ford Fellows Conference 

San Juan, PR

September 20-21, 2019

Plenary Panel and Special Session on Aftershocks of Disaster

Hunter College

September 18, 2019

Yarimar Bonilla and Marisol LeBrón in dialogue with WNYC’s Alana Casanova Burgess

NYU Latinx Project

June 5, 2019

Caribbean Studies Association Conference

Santa Marta, Colombia

May 10, 2019

Keynote Lecture for the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

York University

May 3, 2019

Presentation at Small Axe Conference: “States of Crisis: Disaster, Recovery, and Possibility in the Caribbean”

Columbia University

May 2, 2019

Keynote Lecture for the Society for the Anthropology of North America and Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology Spring Conference

Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico

April 11, 2019

The Coloniality of Disaster: Emergency and Emergence in Puerto Rico, USA

Keynote Lecture

Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology Annual Conference, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

April 4, 2019

Political Geography Plenary Lecture 

American Association of Geographers annual meeting, Washington, DC

March 21, 2019

Identidades Raciales en Tiempos de Crisis

Presentación with Isar Godreau at Foro: Raza, Crisis Y Bancarrota

Universidad de Puerto Rico- Recinto de Mayaguez

March 8, 2019

Through the Whirlwind

Presentation for Sharjah Biennial 14

Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates

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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.