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ALARI Conference

When: December 12, 2019
Where: Boylston Hall, Room 403, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Institution: DRCLAS – ALARI First Continental Conference on Afro-Latin American Studies
Facilitator: Doris Sommer

 

An introductory Pre-Texts workshop was held at the ALARI First Continental Conference on Afro-Latin American Studies on Thursday, Dec. 12th at 5:30pm in Boylston Hall, Room 403. 

 

Read more about the workshop here.

 

The ALARI First Continental Conference on Afro-Latin American Studies was held from December 11-13, 2019 at Harvard to promote the academic field of Afro-Latin American Studies by fostering a necessary dialogue among actors involved in the production and implementation of academic and race justice agendas in Latin America.

 

The Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University is the first research institution in the United States devoted to the history and culture of peoples of African descent in Latin America and the Caribbean. Over 95 percent of the Africans forcibly imported into the Americas went to Latin America and the Caribbean, two thirds of them to the Spanish and Portuguese colonies. Many Hispanics in the United States are also of African descent. Cultural forms and community practices associated with Africa are conspicuous across the region – indeed, the very existence of Latin America would be unthinkable without them. 

 

During the last few decades, Afro-Latin Americans have created numerous civic, cultural, and community organizations to demand recognition, equality and resources, prompting legislative action and the implementation of compensatory policies. The Afro-Latin American Research Institute stimulates and sponsors scholarship on the Afro-Latin American experience and provides a forum where scholars, intellectuals, activists and policy makers engage in exchanges and debates.