The upcoming bi-centennial celebrations of Mexico’s and Central America’s independence, as well as the centennial of the Mexican Revolution, offer a marvelous opportunity to reflect upon the contributions that social groups have had upon the construction of the economic, social and cultural processes of nation-states. This is also a wonderful moment to interrogate the topic of identity formation, particularly those that have been formed upon notions of universal citizenship, ethnicity, community ties, and invented, new corporatist loyalties.
This conference seeks to initiate a broad-based examination of the black population in Mexico, Central America, and certain parts of the Caribbean. The conference will be consciously limited to this geographic area. Sessions aspire to foster interdisciplinary conversations between history, anthropology, sociology, economics, and the other social sciences. The purpose of this interdisciplinary exchange is to be mindful of including multiple research problematics and methodologies, and to enrich our understanding of specific social processes that transcend historical epochs, or that emerge and transform according to individual contexts. Analyses that foster comparative perspectives will be given special consideration—even if such comparisons are between local, regional, historical, processual, or national contexts and phenomena.
Proposals must consist of an abstract (500-1000 words) and a curriculum vitae (1 page max), and must be received by the organizing committee no later than October 30, 2007. Final drafts of papers must be received by February 28, 2008, and must be submitted digitally (Microsoft Word).
Presenters will be limited to 20 minutes (no exceptions). This corresponds roughly to 8-10 pages of text.
Papers can be presented in Spanish, English, or French and efforts will be made to obtain simultaneous translation, if necessary.
Registration, abstracts, and roposals should be submitted on-line at http://www.afro2008-xalapa.com/index.html
Sponsoring institutions include:
INAH, Dirección de Etnología y Antropología Social INAH, Coordinación Nacional de Antropología CEMCA Centro de Estudios Mexicanos y Centroamericanos UNAM, Programa Universitario México Nación Multicultural UNAM. CIALC, Centro de Investigaciones sobre América Latina y el Caribe U.V. Universidad Veracruzana- Instituto de Investigaciones Histórico-Sociales IRD, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement CIESAS, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social GDRI Esclavages IIDH, Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos UA de G, Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero UGto, Universidad de Guanajuato JHU-CAS, The Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University
Claude Joseph Phillip Poux
The Center for Africana Studies
The Krieger School of Arts & Sciences
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland 21218 USA
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