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TCU Symposium on Afro-Latin American Literature, History and Culture 2021: “Mapping Afro-Latin America in a Global Context”


Texas Christian University - Brown-Lupton University Union

The AddRan Dean’s Office, together with the Spanish department and the Race & Reconciliation Initiative, is organizing the first Symposium on Afro-Latin American Literature, History and Culture 2021: “Mapping Afro-Latin America in a Global Context,” to be held on September 29, 2021.

This symposium explores interdisciplinary ideas from music, literature, cultural studies, history, dance, and films on the great contributions of people of African descent in the Americas. We trace the links and diffusion of Reggae and Hip-Hop, between the Latin American Caribbean and the U.S.; we discuss Gender and Race dynamics in Latin America at large as well as Brazil; we put Afro-Central American artists in dialogue with Black Thought and Artistic Movements beyond the region. There will be two community events on the history and Performance of Afro-Brazilian Capoeira and a film screening with a Caribbean dinner, as well.

We are very excited about the symposium and we hope that you will participate by attending sessions.   Please let us know if you have any questions (send to [email protected] ).  Thank you for your support!

Symposium on Afro-Latin American Literature, History and Culture 2021

“Mapping Afro-Latin America in a Global Context”

Date: September 29 

Location: BLUU Auditorium 

1:00-1:15 WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
 Dr. Steve Sloan, Chair of Spanish and Hispanic Studies

1:15 -2:30 KEYNOTE PANEL: BORDER CROSSING IN REGGAE AND HIP HOP
 Introduced and moderated by Dr. Darren Middleton (Religion)

  • Dr. Sonja Watson “Globalization, Transnationalism, and Hybrid Identity in Panamanian reggae en español” (Spanish and Dean of AddRan College)
  • Dr. Frederick Gooding “Global Cypher: From Cali to Columbia, How Hip Hop Keeps Flowing" (Honors College and Chair of the Race & Reconciliation Initiative)

2:30-3:30 Panel I: Race and Gender in Afro-Latin America Moderator: Dr. Peter Carlo Becerra (CRES)
Presenters: 

  • Dr. Komla Aggor, “Latin America and Race” (Spanish)
  • Dr. Esther Teixeira, "Race and Gender in Late 19th Brazil and Why It Still Matters Today" (Spanish)

3:30-4:30 pm Panel II: Blackness in Central-American Caribbean   Moderator: Dr. Stacie McCormick (English)
Presenters:

  • Dr. Tatiana Arguello, “Creole Poetics of the Ocean: Carlos Rigby, Ecological Thought and Caribbean Diasporic Consciousness” (Spanish)
  • Dr. Peter Szok, “Nation-Building and Beyond: Benjamin Nicholas and Garifuna Art in Belize” (History)

4:30-5:30 pm History and Performance of Afro-Brazilian Capoeira

  • Dr. Lindsay “Borboleta” Puente (Founder of the Capoeira School “Ondas: A Community of Culture and Movement”)

6:30 pm Screening Documentary “They Are We” (Dir. Emma Christopher, 2013) and Caribbean Dinner by Kinomonda Cinema
Introduced by John Singleton

Location: Sid Richardson Lecture Hall 4

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