(ed. note: on behalf of Oscar de la Torre)
13th Annual Africana Studies Symposium
10th William Wilson Brown, Jr. Conference in Latin American Studies
6th Río de la Plata Workshop
Locating and Connecting Latin America and the African Diaspora
Thursday, April 30th – Friday, May 1st, 2015
Space plays a fundamental role in the study of the African Diaspora in the Atlantic world. Be it in Africa, in Latin America, in the Caribbean, in the United States, or in Europe, scholars from all disciplines have always discussed the role played by spatial dislocations during the era of the transatlantic slave trade in spreading African culture throughout the globe. Long after that era was gone, and well into the present, diasporic ideas and practices have bridged and re-interpreted spatial dislocations by tracing connections between seemingly disparate regions in the Atlantic basin, while formulating multiple political, economic, social, and religious linkages between those regions.
In this conference, community activists, entrepreneurs, scholars, students, and film directors will interrogate the importance of ‘space’ in understanding the African Diaspora, with a special focus in Latin America – the region with the largest number of Afro-descendants outside of Africa. How does the study of particular regions in the Atlantic world benefit from considering its diasporic connections? Conversely, how can the study of the African diaspora be challenged by studying the experiences of its members in specific spaces? How do these questions apply to the study of Afro-Latin America.
This two-day event is the result of the joint efforts made by the 13th Annual Africana Studies Symposium, organized by the Department of Africana Studies; the 2015 William Wilson Brown Jr. Conference, organized by the Program in Latin American Studies; the Río de la Plata Workshop, organized by the History Department; and the Graduate History Association.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Department of History
9201 University Blvd
Charlotte, NC, 28223