Afrolatinidad Studies Initiative

Established in 2018 with a Pitt Seed Grant, the aim of the Afrolatinidad Studies Initiative (ASI), is to enhance and expand transnational, transregional, and interdisciplinary scholarly exchange, research, education, programming and student development in Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies. The ongoing theme of “Transnational Dialogues” has garnered funding from the University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies Center (2020-21) and a Momentum Teaming Grant (2021-22), and from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2021-22). Our activities through 2022 include the following: “Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad” webinars, the Dialogues in Afrolatinidad podcast, a mini-documentary series, undergraduate and graduate certificates in Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx studies, student internships, and an NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers.

Past activities have included a national conference, “Representations in Afrolatinidad,” a study abroad graduate seminar to Cuba, and the “Afro-Latinx Perspectives: Race, Representation, and Society” student research exhibit.

Check the Afrolatinidad Studies Initiative News Features!


Kick Off Fall Webinar: “Performing Afrolatinidad: The Arts, Identity, and Social Justice” Thursday, Oct. 14 @ 12:15pm

Free registration through the Latinx Connect Virtual Conference:  


The Dialogues in Afrolatinidad Podcast explores history, culture, and contemporary issues in Afro-Latin America and U.S.-Afro-Latinx communities. The podcast features interviews with scholars, writers, educators, artists, and community leaders who share their passion for Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies, the significance of their intellectual, creative, or community engagement, and resources for learning more.


Student Internships

Academic internships (conducted virtually) are available throughout the fall, spring and summer semesters. They are typically offered in the areas of project management and production, social media/marketing, and communications/website development.Use this link to request more information.


Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad series – March webinar – featured The Pitt News. March 8, 2021

Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad series – February webinar – featured in The Pitt News. February 8, 2021


Coming Soon!

Mini-Documentary Series

NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers

“Representations of Afrolatinidad” Conference

April 11-13, 2019

“Graduate Seminar in Afro-Latin American Studies in Cuba”

University of Havana

May, 2019

“Afro-Latinx Perspectives: Race, Representation, and Society”

Student Research Exhibit

December 3, 2019

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