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Afro-Latin@s Now! Strategies for Visibility and Action

An International Conference

Call for Papers

The afrolatin@ forum invites proposals for “Afro-Latin@s Now: Strategies for Visibility & Action” a conference to be held November 3-5, 2011 in New York City. The three-day international conference will gather scholars, community leaders and artists to advance a dialogue on issues of importance to Black Latin@s in the United States as well as foster positive relations between Latin@s, African Americans and other peoples of color. Recognizing that studies of Afro-Latin@s are multidisciplinary, we seek proposals for papers, panels, performances (music or theater), film, and graphic art from any branch of Afro-Latin@ studies. The goal of the conference will be to promote dialogue and mutual understanding amongst and between Afro-Latin@s, the broader Latin@ and African American populations, and the general public including other peoples of color. We aim to expand and solidify the widening network of educators and activists working on related themes, and to begin defining the key educational and policy issues that bear on the recognition and empowerment of this largely overlooked and underserved population. The afrolatin@ forum, as an institution founded in New York City, is proud to partner with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Humanities Center of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, El Museo del Barrio and the W.E.B.Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research in presenting this conference. The afrolatin@ forum works to build and strengthen research and activist networks among Latin@s of African descent in the United States. Our focus is on Black Latin@s in the United States and their relationships with other communities of color. This emphasis is guided by a transnational perspective that recognizes the centrality of race in understanding today’s global reality and the struggle for social justice.

Papers and submission

Individual abstracts should be 250 words or less. Abstracts should be submitted by Monday, May 16, 2011. Please include a five-line biography, and your institutional/organizational affiliation and contact information. Direct all submissions to Guesnerth Josue Perea at or This three-day conference will be held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the CUNY Graduate Center and El Museo del Barrio on November 3-5, 2011.