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Conversatorio: Afro-Latin American Studies and its Institutionalization (Afro-Latin America: Representation, Politics, History Series)

When: Wednesday, April 21, 2021
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM CT

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Danny Postel  

Group: Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Co-Sponsor: African American Studies Department
Andean Cultures and Histories Working Group

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings, Multicultural & Diversity, Global & Civic Engagement


Please join the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, the Department of African American Studies, and the Andean Cultures and Histories Working Group for this conversation among three of the leading figures in the field of Afro-Latin American studies. This event is part of Afro-Latin America: Representation, Politics, History, a series of lectures and conversations in the Winter and Spring of 2021.


Michele Reid-Vazquez is Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and currently a Global Studies Center Fellow for her project Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad. Her research and teaching specializations are the African Diaspora in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Atlantic World, and Afro-Latinx History in the U.S. She serves as director of the Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies Initiative and as Faculty Advisory for the ADDverse Poetry Collective. Reid-Vazquez is the author of The Year of the Lash: Free People of Color in Cuba and the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World (2011). Her second monograph, "Black Mobilities in the Age of Revolution: Comparative Politics, Migration, and Freedom in the Caribbean," is under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press.

George Reid Andrews is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of Afro-Latin America: Black Lives, 1600-2000 (2016), Blackness in the White Nation: A History of Afro-Uruguay (2010), Afro-Latin America, 1800–2000 (2004), Blacks and Whites in São Paulo, Brazil, 1888–1988 (1991), and The Afro-Argentines of Buenos Aires, 1800–1900 (1980), and co-editor of Afro-Latin American Studies: An Introduction (2018). He co-edits, with Alejandro de la Fuente, the Cambridge University Press series Afro-Latin America. He is currently working on a translation (in collaboration with Paulina Alberto, University of Michigan) of selected articles from the Afro-Latin American press.

Edmund T. Gordon is the founding (former) chair of the African and African Diaspora Studies Department, Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and Anthropology of the African Diaspora, and Vice Provost for Diversity at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the former Associate Vice President of Thematic Initiatives and Community Engagement of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement as well as former Director of the Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas. His teaching and research interests include: culture and power in the African Diaspora, gender studies (particularly Black males), critical race theory, race education, and the racial economy of space and resources. He is the author of Disparate Diasporas: Identity and Politics in an African-Nicaraguan Community (1998).

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