Past Event

An Illegible Relation?

September 21, 2023
7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Dr., New York, NY 10027

An Illegible Relation?: Black/Indigenous Being and a Study of Hemispheric Racializations

Discourses on racialization throughout the Americas are often described in opposition to each other: U.S. racial understandings are often understood into the Black/white binary; in comparison, Latin American racial formations are placed into a spectrum of racial identifications. However, this configuration crumbles through conversations on lived experience, embodiment, and crossings across spatiotemporal terrain. Utilizing ethnographic and archival work, I ask: How do Black/Indigenous understandings of relation interrupt not only the (re)production of dichotomous spatial-racial logics but also present us with an alternative way of understanding race throughout the hemisphere?

Speaker: Ashley Ngozi Agbasoga, Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University

Ashley Ngozi Agbasoga is a scholar and writer whose research interests include Black and Indigenous hemispheric feminisms, racialization (especially in settler-colonial regimes in Latin America), nation-state formation, foodways, and geography. Agbasoga’s training at the intersections of Anthropology, Black Studies, Indigenous Studies, and archival research continues to inform their teaching interests and academic work.

Event co-sponsors: Indigenous Studies University Seminar at Columbia University, University Seminar on Latin America (USLA) at Columbia University, the Faculty Working Group on Racisms in Comparative Perspective at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU, and the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) at Columbia University.

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