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Race in Latin America

R. Sánchez-Rivera

This session seeks to explore the historical construction and categorization of “race” in Latin America as a way of highlighting its impact today. Decolonial Theorists have highlighted the creation of modernity and Eurocentrism in relation to the colonial “Other” in the Americas. They argue - through Quijano’s concept “coloniality” - that epistemic hegemony is still present, from individual interactions to structural dynamics of power. The purpose of this lecture will be to move across time through the historical context of Columbian contact and beyond into the turn of the 21st century. This will allow us to discuss the ways in which the formation and formulation of “race” shift and take shape in and across the region.