[URBANTH-L] Call for Papers--Beyond Visibility: Rethinking the African Diaspora in Latin America

Ryan Centner rcentner at berkeley.edu
Tue Sep 19 16:41:02 EDT 2006

from Tianna Paschel, UC Berkeley Sociology:

Please distribute widely.  Thanks!


Beyond Visibility: Rethinking the African Diaspora in Latin America
University of California-Berkeley
March 1-2, 2007

Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Program in Latin American Sociology*

Abstract Submission Deadline: November 3, 2006

In recent years there has been an explosion in scholarship that goes
beyond recognizing the presence of Afro-Latin Americans and towards
interrogating this topic more deeply.  Through this inaugural conference,
we intend to build on this momentum--advancing inter-disciplinary
scholarship on the African Diaspora in Latin America by moving towards
research that critically engages the theoretical and methodological
challenges of this research. Organized by the Afro-Latino Working Group at
UC Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies, we aim to create a forum
for graduate students to dialogue with established scholars whose work
explores the African Diaspora in Latin America. This conference will
foster new dialogues about race, ethnicity, culture, society, economy,
politics and nation in the academic world.

The conference will feature a series of graduate student panels as well as
a faculty keynote and roundtable discussion from preeminent scholars
working on the African Diaspora in Latin America.  We invite abstract
submissions from current graduate students on a diverse array of topics
and disciplinary orientations that are both theoretical and empirical in
content. The conference is oriented towards graduate students pursuing
projects about the African Diaspora in the Americas (including Mexico,
Central and South America, and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean).
Specifically, we strongly encourage papers that address under-theorized
regions in the Americas as well as comparative and regional works. We
offer the following themes as submission suggestions:

•	Theory and Pedagogy: New Directions in the Field
•	Social Movements and the Politics of Race
•	Media and Cultural Representations
•	Identity, Race and Ethnicity
•	Migration and Transnationalism
•	Folklore and National Identity
•	Comparative Historical and Literary Analysis

500 word abstracts should be submitted to the organizing committee via
email as word documents or PDF files. Please submit abstracts by November
3, 2006. Submissions should include the abstract, current contact
information, presentation title and current C.V. Accepted authors will be
notified by December 15, along with full submission guidelines for papers
and/or presentations. Full papers are due on January 5. All papers and
presentations must be available in English. Papers will be made available
through the Center for Latin American Studies.

Submissions and inquiries should be sent to: afrolatinogroup at berkeley.edu
or via USPS to Vielka C. Hoy, Afro-Latino Working Group, 660 Barrows Hall,
#2572, Berkeley, CA 94720.

Please check our website regularly for updated conference and registration

*We would also like to thank our other sponsors which include the
Departments of African American Studies and Spanish & Portuguese at UC

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