AfroLatinas/LatiNegras Culture, Identity, and Struggle from an Intersectional Perspective

deadline for submissions: 
February 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Rosita Scerbo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of US Latinx Culture at Allegheny College, Concetta Bondi, Ph.D., Lecturer (Spanish/Chicanx and Latinx culture) at the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, Arizona State University (cbondi@asu.edu).
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In recent years, numerous instances of anti-Black violence have brought to light a long, complex history of institutional racism and violence in the United States. At the same time, these events have inspired collective action and consciousness across the globe, prompting communities to recognize their own histories of racism, racial inequality, and discrimination as well as their manifestations in contemporary society. In the Latin American context, the effects of conquest and colonization have played an especially significant role in the shaping of social and cultural histories, and identity representations.

 

This edited volume will offer a close examination of a variety of texts produced by or about people of African descent with identity connections to Latin America. Through the study of the cultural expressions of Blackness throughout different regions of the Americas, the chapter contributors of this book consider the relationship that social and historical processes such as national sovereignty and colonialism have on narrative and cultural production. We aim to analyze a range of power dynamics as represented in different cultural texts of the Afro-Latinx community. With this work we wish to acknowledge that racial and gender equity cannot exist without intersectionality. The volume will serve as a much-needed academic reference, providing a window into the challenges inherent to the Afro-Latina experience in the Americas with a focus on black women generally unrepresented in literary, scholarly, and cultural discourses. We utilize this opportunity to reaffirm our support and commitment to Black-Brown and other minority community coalitions in an effort to combat anti-Blackness sentiments in our own communities. 

 

Faculty researchers, community activists, artistic/culture producers, and advanced doctoral students are invited to submit chapter proposals dealing with cultural and theoretical readings of artistic expressions of Blackness in Latin America. Topics of interest for the volume include but are not limited to: fiction and non-fiction writing, theoretical essays, cultural commentaries and contributions of BIPOC women writers and artists, critical approaches to sex, race, and gender in dialogue with literary and artistic production (cinema, music, podcasts, Latin American/Caribbean dances, photography, murals, digital arts, poetry/poetry slams, and reflection essays) and technical analysis of all these works.

 

Please submit abstracts for proposed chapters (max 300 words) by February 1st, 2021 to Rosita Scerbo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of US Latinx Culture at Allegheny College (rscerbo@allegheny.edu) and Concetta Bondi, Ph.D., Lecturer (Spanish/Chicanx and Latinx culture) at the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, Arizona State University (cbondi@asu.edu). 

 

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Abstracts should be in English and accompanied by a short biographical statement.