Bernd Reiter

Bernd Reiter

Fall 2020 ALARI Research Associate
Professor, University of South Florida
Director, Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean
Bernd Reiter
Currently affiliated to Texas Tech University, the objective of his stay at ALARI is to create a compendium of the state of the art of Afro-Latin American Studies. Afro-Latins include the civilization phenomenon of the African diaspora in the Americas, which developed during the period of slavery, obtaining cultural contributions from indigenous and European worlds and which today is enriched by new social configurations derived from contemporary migrations from Africa. The field of research is limited to Latin America, which is understood as the multilingual, multicultural and political area that characterizes those nations that, being colonized by Spain, Portugal and France (mainly), are located from Mexico, Central America, the Greater Antilles (Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Haiti), Brazil, and South America. Afro-Latin American studies refers to the scientific production that has been promoted in the region from the social sciences with the aim of understanding the phenomenon of the African Diaspora as a specific civilizing element. Authors like Roger Bastides called them the "black cultures of the New World." These studies focus on disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields such as History, Anthropology, Sociology, Linguistics, Archeology, Literature and Political Economy, as well as such broad and diverse topics as racial theories, ethnicity, enslavement, social movements, racial democracy, and multinational states.

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