CFP 2020 Mark Claster Mamolen Dissertation Workshop

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Call for Papers
January 1, 2020 to January 15, 2020
Massachusetts, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Literature, Slavery

The Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University, invites graduate students working on dissertations related to Afro-Latin American studies to submit a proposal to the annual Mark Claster Mamolen Dissertation Workshop on Afro- Latin American Studies.


Doctoral students on Afro-Latin American Studies* at universities anywhere in the world who are actively writing their dissertations. Previous applicants who were not selected before are welcome to reapply.

*We consider Afro-Latin American Studies “as the study of people of African ancestry in Latin America, and… as the study of the larger societies, in which those people live. Under the first heading, scholars study Black histories, cultures, strategies, and struggles in the region. Under the second, they study blackness, and race more generally, as a category of difference, as an engine of stratification and inequality, and as a key variable in processes of national formation.” (Alejandro de la Fuente and George Reid Andrews (eds.) Afro-Latin American Studies: An Introduction. Cambridge University Press, 2018. p. 1)


  1. Fill in the Application Form
  2. Submit 3-page proposal of your dissertation chapter (3 pages + references, Times New Roman 12, double space). Proposals can be submitted in English, Spanish, or Portuguese and should identify in the header the name & the institutional affiliation of the applicant.
  3. Submit a Recommendation Letter from your advisor. Please note that the recommendation letter is a personalized document and needs to address both:
  1. Confirm that you are indeed a doctoral student
  2. Explain your contribution to the Dissertation Workshop.




Submit the COMPLETE APPLICATION using this link by January 14, 2020, 9am EST. Late applications will not be accepted.





Twelve to fifteen students will be selected to participate in the Workshop. They will be notified by February 25, 2020.

Selected students will be asked to submit a dissertation chapter (up to 50 pages, double space, in English, Spanish, or Portuguese) by March 16, 2020. Chapters will be circulated among workshop participants to be read in advance. The Workshop will meet at Harvard on May 1-2, 2020. Each participant should be ready to comment (in any language preferred) on every dissertation chapter in the workshop.

Contact Info: 

Bronia Greskovicova-Chang

Afro-Latin American Research Institute 

104 Mount Auburn Street 3R

Cambridge MA 02138

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