Afro-Descendant and Indigenous Peoples

Christen Smith, “The Sequelae of Black Life in Brazil and the US: Violence, Gender, Space and Time”

March 5, 2019
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

Knight Library, Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid St.

Race, Ethnicities, and Inequalities Colloquium

“The Sequelae of Black Life in Brazil and the US: Violence, Gender, Space and Time”
Christen Smith, Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and Anthropology
University of Texas at Austin

Christen Smith researches engendered anti-Black state violence and Black community responses to it in Brazil and the Americas. Her work primarily focuses on transnational anti-Black police violence, Black liberation struggles, the paradox of Black citizenship in the Americas, and the dialectic between the enjoyment of Black culture and the killing of Black people. Her book, Afro-Paradise: Blackness, Violence and Performance in Braziluses the lens of performance to examine the immediate and long-term impact of police violence on the Black population of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and the grassroots movement to denounce and end this violence. Her more recent, comparative work examines the lingering, deadly impact of police violence on black women in Brazil and the U.S. 

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, Center for the Study of Women in Society, Department of Anthropology, and the UO School of Law.

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Alaí Reyes-Santos: “What It Means To Be a Black Latina in Higher Education”

by Alaí Reyes-Santos, Associate Professor, UO Department of Ethnic Studies
posted in Hip Latina,

“I have been asserting my blackness since I can remember.

“Growing up in the mountains of Puerto Rico, my curls —‘pelo malo,’as friends called it—betrayed my family’s attempts to claim whiteness by invoking our Spanish great grandfather. Why would my grandmother, who loved me deeply, say that my hair ‘does not come from our side of the family’?

“As we experience university responses to the Black Lives Matter Movement, Black Latinxs relive the everyday violence I faced during my childhood. Black Latinas are made invisible by intellectual and pedagogical initiatives. Data rarely documents Afro-Latino experiences in education, housing and employment, though they are similar to African American ones; AfroLatinx activists and Afro-Latinx Studies scholars seek that recognition.”

For the full blog post

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Afro-Aboriginal Women Healers in the Caribbean and its Diasporas

May 17, 2017
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

Erb Memorial Union
EMU 231 & 232 
Cedar / Spruce Rooms

A CLLAS Faculty Grantee presentation by Alai Reyes-Santos (Ethnic Studies) and Ana Lara (Anthropology).

“Women’s Role in Afro-Indigenous Healing Traditions in the Caribbean and its Diasporas” is an interdisciplinary study examining Caribbean women’s roles in Afro-Indigenous healing traditions and how their healing work contributes to their empowerment in their communities. Research sites include the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Pacific Northwest. Professor Lara is an anthropology professor and ethnographer and Professor Reyes-Santos is a professor of ethnic studies trained in literary and cultural studies. The study draws on their methodological areas of expertise to incorporate a) analysis of cultural narratives centering Caribbean women healers and b) ethnographic research among Caribbean women healers.

WIP Talk: “Testing Ecuador’s Rights of Nature: Why Some Lawsuits Succeed and Other Fail,” Craig Kauffman

May 13, 2016
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

Works-in-Progress-Series

 

 

Jane Grant Room
330 Hendricks Hall
1408 University St.

“Testing Ecuador’s Rights of Nature: Why Some Lawsuits Succeed and Other Fail”

Craig Kauffman, UO Assistant Professor of Political Science

Advance Reading Available with All Seminars. 30-minute Presentations Followed by Discussant-led Q & A.

RSVP required to cllas@uoregon.edu by the end of Wednesday May 4.

Sponsored by the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS). For more information contact Eli Meyer at emeyer(at)uoregon.edu

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WIP Talk: “Everyday Experiences of Race and Racism in Latin America,” Ethan Johnson

April 15, 2016
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

Works-in-Progress-Series

 

 

Jane Grant Room
330 Hendricks Hall
1408 University St.

“Everyday Experiences of Race and Racism in Latin America”

Ethan Johnson, Associate Professor of Black Studies
Portland State University

Advance Reading Available with All Seminars. 30-minute Presentations Followed by Discussant-led Q & A.

RSVP required to cllas@uoregon.edu by the end of Wednesday April 6.

Sponsored by the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS). For more information contact Eli Meyer at emeyer(at)uoregon.edu

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