Afrolatinidad Studies Initiative

Established in 2018 with a Pitt Seed Grant, the aim of Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies (ALALS) Initiative, now the Afrolatinidad Studies Initiative, is to enhance interdisciplinary scholarly exchange, research and student development in Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies. Transnational Dialogues, the theme for the next two years, is funded by the Global Studies Center (2020-21) and a Pitt Momentum Teaming Grant (2021-22), and seeks to expand transnational, transregional, and interdisciplinary research, education, and programming at the core of the ALALS initiative. Past activities include 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.

Podcast: Dialogues in Afrolatinidad

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.

News Features

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

Webinar Series

The Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad project seeks to expand transnational, transregional, and interdisciplinary research, education, and programming in the global arenas of Afro-Latin American Afro-Latinx studies.

Webinars:

>Friday, March 5, 2020 1-2:30pm (EST) – “Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad: Education and Anti-Blackness.” View the Webinar

Featuring:

Solsiree del Moral, “Criminalized and Excluded: Black Children and Puerto Rico’s Institutions for Minors, 1910-1940.”

Maria A. Soares, “The Brazilian Educational System and Its Pedagogical Practices as Instruments of Antiblackness.”

Amalia Dache, “Cartografías Negras: College Proximity and Philadelphia’s Black Latinxs.”

Dalia Muller, “Unlearning Antiblackness.”

>Friday, February 5, 2020 1-2:30pm (EST) – “Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad: Gender, Identity, and Health.View the Webinar.

Featuring:

Dr. Erika Edwards, “From Pain to Purpose: Blackness, Gender, and Identity in Argentina.”

Dr. Kia Lilly Caldwell, “Racial Democracy,” Political Democracy, and Intersectional Health Equity in Brazil.”

Dr. Paul Joseph López Oro, “Indigenous Blackness in the Américas: The Queer Politics of Self-Making Garifuna New York.”

Jomaira Salas Pujols, “Dominicans Don’t Know They’re Black” & Other Myths About Afro-Latina Youth Identity.”

>Friday, October 2, 2020 1-2:30 PM – “Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad: Migration, Policing, and Political Movements.View the webinar.

Mini-Documentary Series

The Mini-Documentary Series is coming soon!

Previous Activities

“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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