Call for Papers: Racism in Latin America and the Caribbean

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The Center for Latin American Cultural Studies of the University of Chile sends out a call to students, scholars, and researchers to participate in VI Jornadas Caribeñistas [the VI Conference of Caribbeanists], to be held on November 26-28, 2014 at the School of Philosophy and Humanities of the University (in Santiago, Chile). The focus of the conference is the complex phenomenon of racism in Latin America and the Caribbean. The deadline for submissions of abstracts is August 14, 2014.

The conference will pay tribute to the bicentennial of the birth of Cuban writer Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda—author of the first Latin American abolitionist novel, Sab (1841)—and to Jamaican intellectual Stuart Hall, one of the key figures of cultural studies, who passed away last February.

Description: This conference proposes to reflect on the formation and racialized structuring of Latin American and Caribbean societies, a colonial heritage that has been perpetuated and, in turn, transformed into new contexts. The main consequence of this legacy has been racism, which far from disappearing, is transformed and nourished by new elements that permeate spaces, social relations, and involve all members of our societies. [. . .]

Various actors and social groups participated in the fight against all forms of exclusion arising from racism and colonialism in different periods, highlighting the central role of sectors of African and indigenous descent. Through accounts of their experiences, continuous exercises in memory, and historical, literary, sociological and anthropological investigations, they have challenged the idea that poverty and marginalization is a purely economic issue to highlight, instead, the close relationship between the capitalist thrust and racial hierarchies inherited from colonialism. In response, they have found a context that refuses to recognize the validity of both racism and colonialism, which have been situated by national histories in the past tense [but which persist in pernicious ways].

In democratic and diverse societies (or, at least, in those aspiring to be) the fight against racism looms as a constant challenge that requires updated diagnoses and, above all, the willingness to advance proposals aimed at social transformation to eradicate these forms subordination. The shift towards a more just society with equal rights also presupposes a cultural change in social relations.

With this purpose the Sixth Caribbeanist Conference proposes the following suggested themes: conceptual debates: race, ethnicity and diasporas; discourse and representation of race and racism; African descendants, indigenous peoples, and the intellectual field; education, racism and decolonization; anticolonial thought and nation; writing and other representations of the experiences of racism; Négritude, negrismo, indigenismo, and indianismo.

Guidelines: Prospective participants should send an abstract of no more than 300 words by August 14, 2014, indicating title, full name, institutional affiliation (place of study and/or work), and contact email to jornadascaribenistas@gmail.com.

For original call for papers, see http://www.filosofia.uchile.cl/noticias/102036/convocatoria-vi-jornadas-caribenistas

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