Afro-Latin American Research Institute

The Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University is the first research institution in the United States devoted to the history and culture of peoples of African descent in Latin America and the Caribbean. Over 90 percent of the Africans forcibly imported into the Americas went to Latin America and the Caribbean, half of them to the Spanish and Portuguese colonies. Many Hispanics in the United States are also of African descent. Cultural forms and community practices associated with Africa are conspicuous across the region - indeed, the very existence of Latin America would be unthinkable without them. During the last few decades, Afro-Latin Americans have created numerous civic, cultural, and community organizations to demand recognition, equality and resources, prompting legislative action and the implementation of compensatory policies. The Afro-Latin American Research Institute stimulates and sponsors scholarship on the Afro-Latin American experience and provides a forum where scholars, intellectuals, activists and policy makers engage in exchanges and debates.

 

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Odette Casamayor-Cisneros

Fellow, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and Visiting Scholar,  Afro-Latin American Research Institute

Odette Casamayor-Cisneros is Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Cultures at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. She received her Ph.D. in Art and Literature from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris.

Victor Fowler

2015-2016: Mark Claster Mamolen Fellowship

A research on how North American blacks look, analyze and understand black Cubans since last years of XIX century to the beginnings of Cuban revolution.

Márcia Lima

Fall 2016: Afro-Latin American Research Insitute Fellowship

Brazil's Racial Inequalities and Regional Variations: Recent Changes and Age-Old Challenges

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Lester Tomé

Peggy Rockefeller Visiting Scholar, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

Lester Tomé is an assistant professor in the Dance Department and the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program at Smith College. He is also a faculty member in the Five College Dance Department. In 2013-14, he was the Peggy Rockefeller Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS).

Silvia Valero

Fall 2015: Afro-Latin American Research Institute Fellowship

Afro-descendancy in the Afro-Hispanic Literature and Audiovisual Works of the 21st Century: Refoundations and Political Identities

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Afro-Latin America Book Series

Cambridge University Press is delighted to announce a new book series, Afro-Latin America, edited by George Reid Andrews (University of Pittsburgh) and Alejandro de la Fuente (Harvard University). The series reflects the coming of age of the new, multidisciplinary field of Afro-Latin American Studies, which centers on the histories, cultures, and experiences of people of African descent in Latin America, as well as the rise of a powerful transnational movement of activists, organizations, and institutions devoted to issues of racial equity and racial justice in Latin America.

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Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art

Queloides is an art exhibit on the persistence of racism and racial discrimination in contemporary Cuba and elsewhere in the world. Despite the social transformations implemented by the Cuban revolutionary government since the early 1960s, racism continues to be a deep wound in Cuban society, one that generates countless social and cultural scars.

Workshop with Manuel Covo

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 5:00pm
"Neutrality, Commercial Circulations and Legal Identities in the Revolutionary Caribbean: Between Saint-Domingue and the United States"
Robinson Hall, Basement Seminar Room, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA Free and open to the public.

Queloides

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Alejandro de la Fuente and Elio Rodriguez
Hiphop Archive, 104 Mount Auburn Street, 2R, Cambridge, MA

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