Cambridge University Press to launch new book series on Afro-Latin American Studies

The Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University is pleased to announce the new book series Afro-Latin America, to be published by Cambridge University Press, edited by George Reid Andrews (University of Pittsburgh) and Alejandro de la Fuente (Harvard University). The book series reflects the coming of age of the new, multidisciplinary field of Afro-Latin American Studies, which centers on the histories, cultures, and experiences of people of African descent in Latin America, as well as the rise of a powerful transnational movement of activists, organizations, and institutions devoted to issues of racial equity and racial justice in Latin America.

The series aims to showcase scholarship produced by different disciplines, including history, political science, sociology, ethnomusicology, anthropology, religious studies, art, law, and cultural studies. It seeks to cover the full temporal span of the African Diaspora in Latin America, from the early colonial period to the present. We embrace a capacious definition of Afro-Latin America, to include not only countries or regions in Latin America (i.e. former colonies of Spain and Portugal) where people of African descent represent (either historically or today) a sizable portion of the population, but also areas where Africans and their descendants may have made an economic, cultural, or demographic impact despite limited numbers, particularly in regions where the indigenous population is numerically predominant. Our vision for the field includes Afro-Latinos, that is, people of African and Latin American descent who live in the United States and whose personal histories and experiences are shaped by different racial taxonomies, ideologies, and understandings of race. It also includes studies that seek to capture transnational movements of peoples, ideas, and cultural practices associated with Africans and their descendants in Latin America, and those that deal with Afro-indigenous relations and interactions.

The editors, George Reid Andrews (reid1@pitt.edu) and Alejandro de la Fuente (delafuente@fas.harvard.edu) welcome inquiries from prospective authors. Manuscript submissions should be sent to: Deborah Gershenowitz (dgershenowitz@cambridge.org), Senior Editor, U.S. and Latin American History, Cambridge University Press, 32 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013.

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