Contemporary Racisms Explored in CLACS Fall Colloquium

Mónica Moreno Figueroa launches the fall colloquium with her talk on, "Naming Ourselves: Recognising Racism and Mestizaje in Mexico." Photo: courtesy Juan Victor Fajardo

Each semester, CLACS hosts a research colloquium, featuring diverse themes related to Latin America. The colloquium series pairs graduate level courses with a speaker series, and is often a platform for scholars to share new research.

This fall, the CLACS Colloquium is titled “Contemporary Racisms in the Americas.” As stated on the CLACS website, “This colloquium will explore emergent racisms in the Americas as integral to the multicultural and what some have called “post racial” present defined within larger processes of economic and cultural globalization and transnational migration. It will also deepen the understanding of different theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of contemporary forms of racism as major obstacles to the construction of intercultural relations, racial and economic justice, and democracy.”

Pamella Calla, a Bolivian anthropologist and visiting Associate Professor at CLACS, is leading the series.

“I wanted to connect CLACS with a larger initiative – the formation of a network of racism observers in the hemisphere.  And I wanted CLACS to be a model for academic thought and activism, where students would have the opportunity to become a part of the network,  mixing advocacy and academia, and also deepen academic thought and scholarship,” Calla said.

Below is the schedule of upcoming colloquium events. The event series is free, and open to the public.

Monday, September 26th, 2011
Neoliberal Multiculturalism and the Paradox of Radical Refusal

Presenter: Charles R. Hale
Charles R. Hale is Professor in the departments of Anthropology and African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas, Austin.

Monday, October 10th, 2011
Why Color is a Better Measure of Inequality in Latin America than Ethnoracial Identity

Presenter: Edward Telles
Edward Telles is Professor of Sociology at Princeton University since 2008, after spending most of his career at UCLA. He has published widely in the area of immigration, race and ethnic relations, social demography and urban sociology.

Monday, October 31st, 2011
The Transformation of Racism in Ecuador

Presenter: Carlos de la Torre
Carlos de la Torre is professor of Sociology and Director of International Studies at the University of Kentucky Lexington. Currently he is a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Monday, November 14th, 2011
Reading the Postracial Contemporary

Presenter: David Theo Goldberg
David Theo Goldberg is a Professor in Comparative Literature and Criminology, Law and Society and an Affiliate Professor of Anthropology at UC Irvine. He has written extensively on digital media’s impact on higher education, on race and racism, law and society, and on critical theory.

Monday, December 12th, 2011
Designing Communication Infrastructure for Antiracism in Education

Presenter: Mica Pollock
Mica Pollock, an anthropologist of education, is Director of UCSD’s Center for Research on Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE). Her work explores communications that support student success in diverse schools and communities.

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