Afro-Latin American Research Institute

The Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University is the first research institution in the United States devoted to the history and culture of peoples of African descent in Latin America and the Caribbean. Over 90 percent of the Africans forcibly imported into the Americas went to Latin America and the Caribbean, half of them to the Spanish and Portuguese colonies. Many Hispanics in the United States are also of African descent. Cultural forms and community practices associated with Africa are conspicuous across the region - indeed, the very existence of Latin America would be unthinkable without them. During the last few decades, Afro-Latin Americans have created numerous civic, cultural, and community organizations to demand recognition, equality and resources, prompting legislative action and the implementation of compensatory policies. The Afro-Latin American Research Institute stimulates and sponsors scholarship on the Afro-Latin American experience and provides a forum where scholars, intellectuals, activists and policy makers engage in exchanges and debates.


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Odette Casamayor-Cisneros

Fellow, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and Visiting Fellow,  Afro-Latin American Research Institute

Odette Casamayor-Cisneros is Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Cultures at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. She received her Ph.D. in Art and Literature from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris.

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Elio Rodriguez

Afro-Latin American Research Institute Fellow and Cohen Fellow, Hutchins Center

All my work in a general sense deals with the question of identity, understood as the system of judgments about a person, culture or phenomenon. This question is generally treated from the prism of Caribbean popular culture, using the humor and elements of this culture, and such cliches formed about the culture, that when it comes from them, it builds images that simultaneously incarnate that reality, and question it.

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Marial Iglesias Utset

Visiting Research Scholar at the Afro-Latin American Research Institute

Marial Iglesias Utset was Professor of Philosophy and History at the University of Havana for 25 years. She earned her Ph.D. in Historical Sciences at the University of Havana and her M. Phil. and her B.A. at Moscow State University. Her research fields include Culture and Race in Cuba, Atlantic Slavery, and African Diaspora Studies.

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Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art

Queloides is an art exhibit on the persistence of racism and racial discrimination in contemporary Cuba and elsewhere in the world. Despite the social transformations implemented by the Cuban revolutionary government since the early 1960s, racism continues to be a deep wound in Cuban society, one that generates countless social and cultural scars.

Workshop with Manuel Covo

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 5:00pm
"Neutrality, Commercial Circulations and Legal Identities in the Revolutionary Caribbean: Between Saint-Domingue and the United States"
Robinson Hall, Basement Seminar Room, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA Free and open to the public.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Alejandro de la Fuente and Elio Rodriguez
Hiphop Archive, 104 Mount Auburn Street, 2R, Cambridge, MA

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