The Politics of Race in Contemporary Latin America

NOV 14, 2013 | 5:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

Dr. Ginetta Candelario, Dr. Michael Hanchard, Dr. Edward Telles, Dr. Juan Flores



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue




November 14, 2013: 5:00 PM-8:00 PM







The Politics of Race in Contemporary Latin America.

Dr. Ginetta Candelario
Smith College

Beyond Hybridity: Race, State and Social Mobilization in Contemporary Latin America
Dr. Michael Hanchard
John Hopkins University

Beyond  Whitening: Racial Identification, Color and Social Status in Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Panama.
Dr. Edward E. Telles
Princeton University

Dr. Juan Flores
New York University

Bringing together three eminent scholars of Latin American politics and culture, Ginetta Candelario (Smith College), Michael Hanchard (Johns Hopkins University), and Edward Telles (Princeton University), this symposium examines the role that racial identity plays in contemporary political practices in several Latin American countries.  With a special emphasis on how ideas of Africanity and blackness do or do not operate in Latin  political cultures, the panelists will present work that further complicates received thinking about both Latin American and African Diaspora Studies.  Professors Candelario, Hanchard, and Telles will be joined by NYU professor Juan Flores, a specialist in contemporary U.S. Latino culture, who will act as respondent.

Ginetta Candelario is Associate Professor of Sociology, Director of the Program in Latin American and Latina/o Studies and a faculty affiliate of the Study of Women and Gender Program at Smith College.  Her research interests include Dominican communities and identity formations, race and ethnicity in the Americas, beauty culture, Latina/o communities and identity formations, museum studies, Latin American and Latina feminisms.  Her first book, Black Behind the Ears: Dominican Identity From Museums to Beauty Shops was published by Duke University Press in 2007 and received the 2009 Best Book Award from the Latino Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association and the 2008 Best Book Award from the New England Council of Latin American Studies.

Michael Hanchard is the SOBA Presidential Professor in the Political Science Department of Johns Hopkins University and a founding director of the Racism, Immigration and Citizenship Program. His research and teaching interests combine a specialization in comparative politics with an interest in contemporary political theory, encompassing themes of nationalism, racism and xenophobia, and citizenship. His publications include Orpheus and Power: The Movimento Negro of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1945-1988 (Princeton University Press, 1994),  Racial Politics in Contemporary Brazil, editor, (Duke University Press, 1999)  and Party/Politics: Horizons in Black Political Thought (Oxford University Press, 2006).

Edward E. Telles is Professor of Sociology at Princeton University and director of the Center for Migration and Development. He is also principal investigator on the Project on Ethnicity and Race in Latin America (PERLA), which is a multinational collaborative research project based on surveys of several Latin American countries. A book Pigmentocracies (provisional title) from the PERLA collective will appear in print next year through the University of North Carolina Press.  In 2004, Telles wrote Race in Another America: The Significance of Skin Color in Brazil, which received the Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award from the American Sociological Association and in 2008, he co-authored (with Vilma Ortiz) Generations of Exclusion: Mexican Americans, Assimilation and Race. Both books received the Otis Dudley Duncan Award for the best book in Social Demography.
Juan Flores is Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University.  Affiliated with the Latino Studies Program, his main scholarly interests include Puerto Rican and Latina/o culture, diaspora and transnational communities, social and cultural theory, and the Afro-Latino experience in the United States.  Flores’ books include Poetry in East Germany, The Insular Vision, Divided Borders: Essays on Puerto Rican Identity, La venganza de Cortijo, From Bomba To Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity, The Diaspora Strikes Back, and Bugalú y otros guisos.  He is the translator of Memoirs of Bernardo Vega and Cortijo’s Wake by Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá, and co-editor of On Edge: The Crisis of Latin American Culture, the Companion to Latino Studies, and the Afro-Latino Reader. He was awarded the Casa de las Américas Prize in 1979 for The Insular Vision and in 2009 for Bugalú y otros guisos, and the Latino Legacy Award from the Smithsonian Institution in 2008. Flores lectures widely, serves on a range of editorial and advisory boards, and is a founder of the Afrolatin@ Forum.