Afro-Latinos in Movement:
Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas
Call for Papers
June 15, 2014
Editors: Petra R. Rivera-Rideau (Virginia Tech), Jennifer A. Jones (Notre Dame), Tianna S. Paschel (University of Chicago)
How do ideas about, and experiences of, blackness travel across the Americas? How does this circulation of representations of blackness – through popular music, the internet, print media, and scholarship – influence local ideas of race and nation? How does (im)migration to and within the Americas shape and reshape understandings about blackness? Afro-Latinos in Movement – an edited interdisciplinary volume being prepared for Palgrave Macmillan’s Afro-Latin@ Diasporas Series – seeks to answer such questions. A collection of theoretically engaging and empirically grounded chapters and original artwork, this book will examine African-descended populations in Latin America and Afro-Latin@s in the United States in order to explore broader questions of black identity and representation, transnationalism and diaspora in the Americas.
Afro-Latinos in Movement draws on previous works on race and blackness in Latin America and U.S. Latin@ communities, while also providing a uniquely hemispheric approach. The volume will build up from the U.S. context to critically examine how blackness, and more specifically afrolatinidad, is understood, transformed, and re-imagined across locales throughout the Americas. In this way, the volume emphasizes the multiple movements across geographic borders, and over time. Thus, Afro-Latinos in Movement will broaden and deepen the discussion on afrolatinidad in the Americas by providing a critical transnational approach to understanding blackness in the region.
Afro-Latinos in Movement will be arranged in three sections, each of which will emphasize the multidisciplinary aspect of this volume by incorporating a range of works including creative or biographical pieces. While the volume will highlight the circulation of ideas and identities across borders more generally, we expect that about half of the contributions will center on Afrolatinidad in the United States.
To that end, we invite manuscripts from both historical and contemporary perspectives that address topics including, but not limited to, the following:
· The role of social media and the internet in shaping afrolatinidad
· Afro-Latino cultural and political movements
· The impact of migration on understandings of afrolatinidad
· Representations of afrolatinidad in media (e.g. newspapers, magazines, digital media)
· Theoretical interventions on diaspora and transnationalism in the Americas
Submitted manuscripts or artwork should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts will be reviewed by the editors for inclusion. Submissions will be continuously reviewed until the deadline. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page.
If you have any additional inquiries regarding the Call for Papers, submission guidelines, or volume series, please direct all inquiries to: AfroLatinosinMovement@gmail.com.