The AfroLatin@ Forum is pleased to present Afro-Latin@s Now: Race Counts!, a three-day international conference to be held October 23–25, 2014, in New York City. This gathering will provide a unique opportunity to examine the structural and ideological barriers to full Afro-Latino representation and discuss opportunities for positive social change.
Building on our highly successful 2011 conference the Forum will again bring together activists, cultural workers, community members, academics and other stakeholders representing the vast, diverse Afro-Latino population. This year’s event focuses specifically on how race counts, i.e., matters, for Latin@s of African descent and the need to quantify that racialized experience. Our conference is an extension of the Forum's general anti-racism work and targets efforts to overlook racial considerations when referring to Latin@s. We understand that such efforts contribute to Afro-Latin@ invisibility and are consistent with broader post-racial ideologies, as traditionally presented throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and increasingly advocated in the U.S. Keep reading...
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.
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.
by Melissa M. Valle
El Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias (FICCI) has just ended here in Cartagena, Colombia. It was an incredible opportunity to enjoy some cinematic gems from around the world (PELO MALO from Venezuela is excellent!). I recently watched La Grande Belleza, an Italian film that deservedly garnered a number of awards last year (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJfvX6zPAuQ). Truly a thought-provoking, visually beautiful work of art. But oftentimes what’s most captivating about a film is the audience’s response to it. There was one scene where a Mother Teresa- saint like character was supposed to be visiting Rome. Religious figures from around the world gathered to greet her and the camera cuts to a white nun staring at a man whom we are supposed to assume is African. Well, the (primarily Afro-descendant youth) audience I was surrounded by just found that hilarious. But not more hilarious than when the larger group of Africans was taking a photo with “the saint.” That’s when the audience really had a good, hard laugh. Nothing like images of Africans wearing what people believe is the “traditional” dress to add comic relief to any program. Keep reading...
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