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

Tianna Paschel

Part of the Fall 2016 Bay Area Latin America Forum

September 21, 2016

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Event Description

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.