The Meaning of Blackness / Significance of Being Black

The Meaning of Blackness / Significance of Being Black

University of Costa Rica
San Pedro, Costa Rica
3-6 February 2014

Keynote addresses by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Sir Hilary Beckles, Toyin Falola, and Paul E. Lovejoy

CFP deadline: Not noted. Please contact Paul Lovejoy <> for more information.

Proposals for papers will only be considered if they fit within one of the themes. Proposals must be accompanied by an abstract and short c.v.

Hispanic America and Perceptions of Blacks in the Nation

  • Costa Rica, Central America and the Caribbean: Perceptions of Blackness
  • Arts, Literature, Music, and Dance in Popular Imagination
  • Economic and Political Expressions of Blackness

Blackness in the Global Context

  • Skin Color in Establishing Social Distance
  • Scarification, Hair, Skin and Image
  • Definitions of Mulatto, Pardo, Ladino, Nigger, and Noir

Identity, Dignity and Citizenship

  • Biographical Accounts of Blackness
  • Church, State and the Legal Code on Blackness
  • Dissemination of Knowledge of Africanity



Rina Cáceres, Cátedra de Estudios de África y el Caribe, Universidad de Costa Rica/

Paul E. Lovejoy, Chair in African Diaspora History, York University/

Above adapted from H-NET CFP available here.

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