(May 19, 2020) Afro-Latinx Stories Panel accepted for MLA 2021 Convention

The “Afro-Latinx Stories” panel proposed for the 2021 MLA convention in Toronto has been approved as a Special Session! Co-sponsored by MLA’s LLC Latina and Latino (G100) Forum and the LLC African American Forum.

Check out the complete panel abstract, presenters, and presentation abstracts here:

Panel Abstract: “Afro-Latinx Stories” analyzes Afro-Latinx cultural and literary production. The panel emphasizes the centrality of African diasporic experiences to the formation of Latinidad, while foregrounding the stories that Afro-Latinx people tell about themselves, in their own voices. The privileging of mestizaje and a regime of antiblackness have often led the field of US Latinx Studies to marginalize the creative work of Afro-Latinx people. Literary criticism on US Latinx creative writing has tended to gloss over intra-ethnic racial dynamics to focus on how contemporary texts depict racialization within the United States. In contrast, this panel centers the work of Afro-Latinx writers and artists in order to critique the homogenizing logic of pan-Latinidad. This panel strives to highlight the various historical contexts relevant to situating Afro-Latinx creativity: Civil Rights era art movements, African American literary traditions, scientific technologies such as DNA testing, religious practices, and climate change.