"Refashioning Blackness: Contesting Racism in the Afro-Americas" is the topic of the 2013 Lozano Long Conference sponsored by the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies.
Conference themes will include, but are not limited to:
• Black social movements/political mobilization
• Comparative and transnational approaches to racism and anti-racist politics
• Cultural production and racism
• Race and public policy
• Blackness and national identity
Background: In recent years there has been an explosion of scholarly work on Afro–Latin America that has moved away from simply demonstrating that racial discrimination exists to analyzing the different ways in which black populations represent their identities, relate to the state, and mobilize politically and trans-nationally.
The aim of this conference is to encourage conversation about the current political and cultural moment in the Afro-Americas exploring such themes as: black social movements/political mobilization, comparative and transnational approaches to racism and anti-racist politics, cultural production and racism, race and public policy, and blackness and national identity.
Luiza Bairros, Minister, Secretariat for the Promotion of Racial Equality in Brazil, will give the keynote address titled “Racial Equality is for Real” and Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor for The Atlantic, will give the keynote address titled “The U.S. Political Scene and the Emancipation Proclamation 150 Years Later.”
The conference is convened by the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) and the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies (WCAAAS). Additional sponsors include the School of Social Work, Office of Graduate Studies and the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection.
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