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“Black Central Americans in the United States: Mestizaje and Anti-Black Racism”
Central Americans of African descent are in the margins on the histories of transmigrations and political movements in the isthmus and their diasporas. The absence of Black Central Americans in Latinx Studies and Central American Studies is an epistemological violence inherited from Latin American mestizaje. The insurgence of Afro-Latinx Studies is an intellectual and political response to the erasure and negation of Black people and Blackness within the field of Latina/o/x Studies. In this talk, Assistant Professor at Smith College, Paul Joseph López Oro, maps out the political urgency to call for a refashioning of Afrolatinidad that dismantles the dangerous allure of ethno-racial nationalism (i.e., Afro-[insert nation-state]) and mappability of Blackness into exclusionary colonial geographies of Spanish-speaking Americas (i.e., “you must be Dominican, because you don’t look Guatemalan”). Drawing on oral history interviews, visual cultures, and social media vignettes, López Oro demonstrate how transgenerational Garifuna New Yorkers negotiate, articulate, and perform their multiple subjectivities as Black, Indigenous, and Latinx.

Sep 30, 2020 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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