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Translating Blackness: Book Launch with Lorgia García Peña

September 22, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Book Launch

Lorgia García Peña (Mellon Professor, Dept. of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, Tufts) in conversation with Robin Kelley (Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in US History, UCLA) and SA Smythe (Assistant Professor of Black Studies and the Archive, University of Toronto). Panel will be followed by a reception.

OR attend virtually on Zoom. Registration for Zoom livestream here.

About the Book

In Translating Blackness, Lorgia García Peña considers Black Latinidad in a global perspective in order to chart colonialism as an ongoing sociopolitical force. Drawing from archives and cultural productions from the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe, García Peña argues that Black Latinidad is a social, cultural, and political formation—rather than solely a site of identity—through which we can understand both oppression and resistance. She takes up the intellectual and political genealogy of Black Latinidad in the works of Frederick Douglass, Gregorio Luperón, and Arthur Schomburg. She also considers the lives of Black Latina women living in the diaspora, such as Black Dominicana guerrillas who migrated throughout the diaspora after the 1965 civil war and Black immigrant and second-generation women like Mercedes Frías and Milagros Guzmán organizing in Italy with other oppressed communities. In demonstrating that analyses of Black Latinidad must include Latinx people and cultures throughout the diaspora, García Peña shows how the vaivén—or, coming and going—at the heart of migrant life reveals that the nation is not a sufficient rubric from which to understand human lived experiences.



September 22, 2022
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Center for the Humanities at Tufts
Department for Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora


Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room, 15 Talbot Avenue
15 Talbot Ave.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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