UPDATE: Afro-Latino Identity in the New Millennium (10/15/05; 3/17/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Schmidt, Tyler
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Extended deadline:

The Africana Studies Group Presents


"Any enemy of the Black man is the enemy of me": Departures and =
Definitions of Afro-Latino Identity in the New Millennium=20


All Day Conference=20

Friday, 17 March 2006

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York=20

365 Fifth Avenue

New York, New York


In the wake of the 2000 U.S. Census, the media was filled with headlines =
declaring that Latinos "outnumbered" African Americans, 35.3 and 34.7 =
million respectively, replacing them as the largest "minority" in the =
United States. According to these same census figures, "17.6 million =
Hispanics described themselves as white, 939,471 Hispanics described =
themselves as black, and 16.7 million checked off neither white nor =
black but "other." These census figures represent the manner in which =
some Latinos, when asked to specify their racial identity, privilege =
their European and indigenous ancestry over their African heritage. As =
historian George Reid Andrews notes in Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000, =
"during the period of slavery, ten times as many Africans came to =
Spanish and Portuguese America (5.7 million) as to the United States =
(560,000). By the end of the 1900s, Afro-Latin Americans outnumbered =
Afro-North Americans by three to one (110 million and 35 million, =
respectively) and formed, on average, almost twice as large a proportion =
of their respective populations" (22 percent in Latin America, 12 =
percent in the United States) (1). It is understood here that Spanish =
and Portuguese America also includes the Hispanophone Caribbean, as =
Andrews' maps of Afro-Latin America indicate. Implicit in our use of the =
2000 census statistics is the awareness that a significant percentage of =
those 35.3 million Latina/o(s) are the descendants and immigrants of the =
Afro-Latin American diaspora.=20


The 19th century Cuban poet, critic, and revolutionary Jos=E9 Mart=ED =
declared that "any enemy of the Black man is the enemy of me" in =
recognition of the centrality of Africa=20

to TransAmerican culture and identity; following Mart=ED, our conference =
seeks to identify, interrogate, and ignite discourse and dialogue on =
African, Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latin American, and =
Afro-American cultural and political histories that may, in turn, =
acknowledge the formidable potential of such linkages in the face of our =
shared histories of oppression and resistance.=20


Continuing our work from the 2004 Black Feminisms and 2005 Black =
Masculinities Conference, the African Studies Group (ASG) and the =
Institute for Research in the African Diaspora and the Caribbean =
(IRADAC), both of the City University of New York's Graduate School and =
University Center, seek papers that will contribute to the =
identification and articulation of the socio-cultural and geo-political =
correlations inherent to these multifarious diasporas. Activists, =
artists, and undergraduates are encouraged to submit papers. We also =
invite papers in Spanish, French, and Portuguese. =20



Topics may include but are not limited to:


The Ancient African presence in the Americas

Borderlands and Border Studies

Cosmologies, Magical Realism, Origin Narratives

Caribbean Epic Poetry

Dub Poetry

Nation Language=20

Nuyorican Aesthetics

Afro-Latin Music

Afro-Latino Film

Afro-Latin American Film

Afro-Latin American Resistance

The West Indian presence in Central and South America

Afro-Latino and Afro-Latin American Genders

Afro-Latino and Afro-Latin American Sexualities

Afro-Latino/a and Afro-Latin American Drama

Race and Class in Brazil

Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Afro-Latino/a and Afro-Latin American Fiction

Puerto Rican Liberation Movement

Afro-Puerto Rican Identity

Latino and African American Collaborations=20


Cultural Translation

Politics of Language

Dominicans in the United States=20



Queer Afro-Latino and Afro-Latin American identities



Intersections of Race and Class

The Triple Struggle and/or the Quadruple Struggle






Deadline to submit abstracts (300-500 words, please) has been extended =
to October 15th. Please email to: AfricanaStudiesGroup_at_gmail.com =
<mailto:AfricanStudiesgroupmail_at_gmail.com> =20

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