Podcast Season 2 Episode 8: Centering Garifuna in the African Diaspora

May 4, 2022

Paul Joseph López Oro: Centering Garifuna in the African Diaspora

In this episode of Dialogues in Afrolatinidad, Dr. Paul Joseph López Oro, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Smith College talks with our host Dr. Michele Reid-Vazquez about his research on Garifuna migration and different meanings of Black identity. The conversation also touches upon Afro-Latinx communities in the United States, their relations with African-Americans, and issues of queer identity in these communities. 

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López Oro, Paul Joseph. “A Love Letter to Indigenous Blackness,NACLA: Report on the Americas, Vol. 53, Issue 3 (November 2021), Special Issue on Blackness and Indigeneity, pp: 248-254. 

López Oro, Paul Joseph. “Garifunizando Ambas Américas: Hemispheric Entanglements of Blackness/Indigeneity/AfroLatinidad,Postmodern Culture: Journal of Interdisciplinary Thought on Contemporary Cultures, Vol. 31, No. 1 (September 2021), Special Issue on Troubling the Grounds: Global Configurations of Blackness, Nativism, & Indigeneity, pp. 1-29. 

López Oro, Paul Joseph. “Refashioning Afro-Latinidad: Garifuna New Yorkers in Diaspora,” in Critical Diálogos in Latina and Latino Studies, edited by Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas and Mérida M. Rúa. (New York: New York University Press, 2021). 

López Oro, Paul Joseph. “Digitizing Ancestral Memory: Garifuna Settlement Day in the Americas and in Cyberspace,” in Indigenous Interfaces: Spaces, Technology, and Social Networks in Mexico and Central America, edited by Jennifer Carolina Gómez Menjívar and Gloria Elizabeth Chacón. Pp: 165-179. (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2019). 

López Oro, Paul Joseph. “Ni de aquí, ni de allá: Garifuna Subjectivities and the Politics of Diasporic Belonging,” in Afro-Latin@s in Movement: Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas, Edited by Petra R. Rivera-Rideau, Jennifer A. Jones, and Tianna S. Paschel. Pp: 61-83. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). 

Lopez Oro, Paul Joseph. “Colon, Mirtha” (Honduras) and “Ramos, Tomas Vicente” (Belize), in Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin K. Knight, Editors in Chief. Pp: 192-194 and 251-253. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016). 

López Oro, Paul Joseph. “Negotiating Blackness: West Indians and Afro-Hispanics in Panama” a review of Sonja Stephenson Watson’s The Politics of Race in Panama: Afro-Hispanic and West Indian Literary Discourses of Contention. Small Axe Salon, 19 (June 2015). 

López Oro, Paul Joseph. “Preliminary Findings: ENLACE de Mujeres Negras de Honduras (ENMUNEH) Garifuna Women and their Community-Based NGO in Tela, Honduras”. LIMON, Vol. 24, Issue 1 (September 2008, University of New Mexico). 

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