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Symposium on Afro-Latin American Literature, History and Culture 2021

Mapping Afro-Latin America in a Global Context

This symposium explores interdisciplinary ideas from music, literature, cultural studies, history, dance, and films on the great contributions of people of African descent in the Americas. We trace the links and diffusion of Reggae and Hip-Hop, between the Latin American Caribbean and the U.S.; we discuss Gender and Race dynamics in Latin America at large as well as Brazil; we put Afro-Central American artists in dialogue with Black Thought and Artistic Movements beyond the region. There will be two community events on the history and Performance of Afro-Brazilian Capoeira and a film screening with a Caribbean dinner, as well.

Schedule

1-1:15 p.m. WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
Steve Sloan, Ph.D., Chair of Spanish and Hispanic Studies 

1:15-2:30 p.m. KEYNOTE PANEL:
BORDER CROSSING IN REGGAE ANO HIP HOP
Introduced and moderated by Darren Middleton, Ph.D., (Religion)

Sonja Watson, Ph.D., "Globalization, Transnationalism and Hybrid Identity 
in Panamanian reggae en español" (Spanish and Dean of AddRan College)

Frederick Gooding, Ph.D., "Global Cypher: From Cali to Columbia, How Hip Hop Keeps Flowing" (Honors College and Chair of the Race & Reconciliation Initiative)

2:30-3:30 p.m. PANEL 1:
RACE ANO GENDER IN AFRO-LATIN AMERICA
Introduced and moderated by Peter Carlo Becerra, Ph.D., (CRES)

Presenters: Komla Aggor, Ph.D., "Latin America and Race" (Spanish) 

Esther Teixeira, Ph.D., "Race and Gender in Late 19th Brazil and Why It Still Matters Today" (Spanish)

3:30-4:30 p.m. PANEL 2:
BLACKNESS IN CENTRAL-AMERICAN CARIBBEAN
Moderator: Stacie McCormick, Ph.D., (English)

Presenters: Tatiana Arguello "Creole Poetics of the Ocean: Carlos Rigby, Ecological Thought and Caribbean Diasporic Consciousness" (Spanish)

Peter Szok, Ph.D., "Nation-Building and Beyond: Benjamin Nicholas and Garifuna Art in Belize" (History)

4:30-5:30 p.m. PANEL 3:
HISTORY ANO PERFORMANCE OF AFRO-BRAZILIAN CAPOEIRA

Lindsay "Borboleta" Puente, Ph.D., 
(Founder of the Capoeira School "Ondas: A Community of Culture and Movement")

6:30 p.m. SCREENING DOCUMENTARY "THEY ARE WE"
(DIR. EMMA CHRISTOPHER, 2013) AND CARIBBEAN DINNER BY KINOMON0A CINEMA Introduced by John Singleton I Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Atrium of Rees-Jones. The screening starts after dinner in Sid Richardson Hall 3.

Wednesday, September 29 at 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Brown-Lupton University Union - BLUU, Auditorium
2901 Stadium Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76109