Spring 2011

Black Diaspora from Emancipation to the Present

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-33  |  History, as HIST-12


J. Celso Castro Alves (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 12 [LA/AF] and BLST 33 [CLA/D].) This course explores the historical roots of contemporary racial formations in Latin America and the Caribbean. It focuses particularly on the black experiences, inter-ethnic conflicts and racial solidarities in Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti and Puerto Rico from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Topics of discussion will include the struggles for emancipation from slavery, black notions of sovereignty, forms of black nationalism, Pan-Africanism, and political radicalism. We will examine a multiplicity of historical sources, including novels, music, film, personal testimonies, and historical monographs in order to understand the black diaspora as both an historical process and as a seedbed for various identities, racial cultures and political projects. Two class meetings per week.

Spring semester. Professor Castro Alves.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012