Becoming Black Political Subjects: Movements and Ethno-racial Rights in Latin America

Tianna Paschel

Title Conditional: Becoming Black Political Subjects: Movements and Ethno-racial Rights in Latin America
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Time: 4:00 pm | 223 Moses Hall

A ceremony commemorating the abolition of the slave trade in Brazil's senate chamber. (Photo by Senado Federal do Brasil.)
A ceremony commemorating the abolition of the slave trade in Brazil's senate chamber. (Photo by Senado Federal do Brasil.)

After decades of denying racism and underplaying cultural diversity, Latin American states began adopting transformative ethno-racial legislation in the late 1980s. Drawing on archival and ethnographic research, Paschel shows how black movements in Latin America went from marginalized to institutionalized, and how the strategic actions of a small group of black activists successfully brought about change.

Tianna Paschel is an assistant professor of African American Studies at UC Berkeley. Her work focuses on the intersection of racial ideology, politics, and globalization in Latin America.

Tianna Paschel talks about black activism in Latin America. (Photo by CLAS.)
Tianna Paschel talks about black activism in Latin America. (Photo by CLAS.)

Paschel engages in conversation with a student after giving the presentation. (Photo by CLAS.)
Paschel engages in conversation with a student after giving the presentation. (Photo by CLAS.)

A ceremony commemorating the abolition of the slave trade in Brazil's senate chamber. (Photo by Senado Federal do Brasil.)
A ceremony commemorating the abolition of the slave trade in Brazil's senate chamber. (Photo by Senado Federal do Brasil.)