Visualizing Sovereignty: Cartographic Queries for the Digital Age

Bonilla, Yarimar; Hantel, Max
sx archipelagos

This essay asks how visual representations of the postcolonial Caribbean are shaped by, and in turn could reshape, the political imaginary of sovereignty. Describing several different experiments with form—from conventional maps to temporal charts to animation—it argues that visualizing sovereignty is a first step in retheorizing the meaning of sovereignty itself beyond the regulatory limits of insular, nation-state autonomy. The authors call for collaborative efforts to create 'prophetic cartographies' attuned to alternative political currents and the possibility of imagining the Caribbean otherwise.