Education Programs: Institutes for Higher Education Faculty

Period of Performance

10/1/2021 - 12/31/2022

Funding Totals

$175,000.00 (approved)
$175,000.00 (awarded)

Transnational Dialogues in Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies

FAIN: EH-281254-21

University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA 15260-6133)
Michele Reid-Vazquez (Project Director: March 2021 to present)

A two-week institute for 25 higher education faculty that would bring a transnational perspective to Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx cultures in the United States.

The Transnational Dialogues in Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies Institute will explore transregional, transnational, and interdisciplinary scholarship and curricula addressing the African diaspora in Latin America and its diasporic populations in the U.S. Organized into three parts - Historical Dialogues, Cultural Dialogues, and Afrolatinidad Futurities - this two-week program is proposed for June 6-17, 2022. It will support 25 higher education faculty who seek a deeper scholarly engagement at the intersections of Africana, American, Latin American, and Latinx studies. Participants’ intellectual and pedagogical growth will be facilitated through presentations, discussions of texts and primary sources, mentoring opportunities, workshops, and excursions. All sessions will be available in a residential-hybrid format.

Associated Products

Representations of Afrolatinidad Conference (Conference/Institute/Seminar)
Title: Representations of Afrolatinidad Conference
Author: Michele Reid-Vazquez, Director, Afrolatinidad Studies Initiative
Abstract: The intersections of race, ethnicity, and representation have shaped historical and contemporary articulations of Afrolatinidad. The Representations of Afrolatinidad conference aims to engage multiple depictions of Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx communities – whether self-fashioned or imposed. The varied portrayals in the past and present reflect the ongoing global realities, struggles, vibrancy, and resiliency of Afro-Latin diasporas throughout the Americas and elsewhere. The symposium featured keynote speakers Dr. Kia Caldwell (Washington University in St. Louis) and Professor Tanya K. Hernández (Fordham University). Their work on issues of race, gender, and health equity in Afro-Latin America and anti-Black bias among US Latinx, respectively, will spark broader exchanges around Afrolatinidad and representation among presenters and attendees.
Date Range: April 13-15, 2023
Location: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: Representations of Afrolatinidad Conference Information
Secondary URL:
Secondary URL Description: Afrolatinidad Studies Initiative

Dialogues in Afrolatinidad podcast (Radio/Audio Broadcast or Recording)
Title: Dialogues in Afrolatinidad podcast
Writer: Israel Herndon
Writer: Michele Reid-Vazquez
Director: Michele Reid-Vazquez
Producer: Israel Herndon
Producer: Michele Reid-Vazquez
Abstract: Th Dialogues in Afrolatinidad podcast explores history, culture, and contemporary issues in Afro-Latin America and U.S.-Afro-Latinx communities. The podcast features interviews with scholars, writers, educators, artists, and community leaders who share their passion for Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies, the significance of their intellectual, creative, or community engagement, and resources for learning more.
Date: 06/30/2023
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: Dialogues in Afrolatinidad podcast home page
Secondary URL:
Secondary URL Description: Podcast Spotify page
Access Model: Open access
Format: Web