Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 6pm-9pm
NYU - Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
20 Cooper Square - 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Join the afrolatin@ forum and NYU's Department of Social and Cultural Analysis as we celebrate the publication of Pigmentocracies: Ethnicity, Race, and Color in Latin America
Pigmentocracies is a richly revealing analysis of contemporary attitudes toward ethnicity and race in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru, four of Latin America's most populous nations.
Based on extensive, original sociological and anthropological data generated by the multi-year Project on Ethnicity and Race in Latin America (PERLA), this landmark study analyzes ethnoracial classification, inequality, and discrimination, as well as public opinion about Afro-descended and indigenous social movements and policies that foster greater social inclusiveness. A once-in-a-generation examination of contemporary ethnicity, this book promises to contribute in significant ways to policy making and public opinion in Latin America.
Pamela Calla, an anthropologist, is Clinical Associate Professor at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University and director of the Observatory on Racism of the Universidad de la Cordillera in La Paz, Bolivia. Currently she also co-
coordinates the "Network of Observatories on Racism in the Americas", an initiative launched by the Universidad de la Cordillera and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas. She is the author of works on race, racism, gender, sexism, ethnicity, interculturality and state formation in Bolivia and coeditor of Antropología del Estado: Dominación y prácticas contestatarias en America Latina.
Tanya K. Hernandez is Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law.Her scholarly interest is in the study of comparative race relations and anti-discrimination law, and her work has been published in the California Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Harvard Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review, the New York Times, and the Yale Law Journal. Her most recent publication is the book Racial Subordination in Latin America: The Role of the State, Customary Law and the New Civil Rights Response, which was also published in Spanish. In 2009 Tanya was elected to the American Law Institute and in 2011 she was named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Marcelo Paixão is a Professor of sociology and economics at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Economic Institute). He coordinates LAESER (Laboratory of Research on Racial inequality), one of Brazil’s principal academic spaces for the study of racial inequality. He was a Visiting Scholar at Princeton University in 2012-13 as part of PERLA (Project on Race and Ethnicity in Latin America), a multi-country effort that empirically examines numerous dimensions of race and ethnicity across Latin America. His books include A lenda da modernidade encantada: por uma crítica ao pensamento social brasileiro sobre relações e projeto de Estado-Nação and 500 anos de solidão: estudos sobre as desigualdades raciais no Brasil.
Mara Viveros Vigoya is an anthropologist whose work focuses on the key intersectionalities of race, gender, and class. Her research examines the social mobility processes of Colombia’s black population in each of Colombia’s geographic regions, examining the scope and limitations of Colombia’s liberal multiculturalist model for the elimination of Afro-Colombian social inequalities. Currently a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University’s School of Social Science, Mara is a professor at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota. She is one of the research collaborators of the Project on Ethnicity and race in latin America (PERLA).
About the Author
Edward Telles, PERLA's principal investigator, explains that profound historical and political forces, including multiculturalism, have helped to shape the formation of ethnic identities and the nature of social relations within and across nations. One of Pigmentocracies’s many important conclusions is that unequal social and economic status is at least as much a function of skin color as of ethnoracial identification. Investigators also found high rates of discrimination by color and ethnicity widely reported by both targets and witnesses. Still, substantial support across countries was found for multicultural-affirmative policies--a notable result given that in much of modern Latin America race and ethnicity have been downplayed or ignored as key factors despite their importance for earlier nation-building.
The "Book Presentation of Pigmentocracies" is part of the public programming leading up to our second transnational conference Afro-Latin@s Now: Race Counts! to be held in New York City on October 23-25, 2014.
The conference is generously supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the New York Council for the Humanities and Co-Sponsored by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, El Museo del Barrio and various institutions at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York including the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC), Institute for the study of the African Diaspora and the Caribbean (IRADAC), the Center for the Humanities and the Dominican Studies Group, as well as support from Carr Business Systems, a Xerox Company.