Department of European Languages and Cultures

Politics and Poetics of Afro-Latin Visibility

Poster for the Afro-Latin Visibility event

This two-day gathering of talks, discussions and film screenings will be conducted in BOTH Spanish and English, with contributions from a range of invited international speakers, intellectuals and activists.

Organised as part of the AHRC-funded International Network, ‘Afro-Latin (in)visibility and the UN Decade’, it will probe how Afrodescendant film and media from Latin America intervene in debates of cultural and political recognition and articulate connections between aesthetics and politics.

The opening keynote will be by Juliet Hooker, Professor of Political Science at Brown University, Rhode Island, USA, who will speak about ‘Frederick Douglass and Central America: US African-Americans' Hemispheric Visions of Black Freedom and Multiracial Democracy’. This talk is in English. Supported by the University of Edinburgh’s Global Development Academy, it is free and registration isn't necessary. It takes place on Thursday 2nd November (5-7pm) in LG09, David Hume Tower (accessed via 50 George Square).

The gathering will conclude with the screening of a selection of films curated by the Network steering committee and the Africa in Motion film festival, which has also partnered the Network for a special featured strand, Afro-Latin Visibility in Focus, which runs from 31st October to 5th November 2017. 

Programme and booking

The full programme for the Politics and Poetics of Afro-Latin Visibility gathering, and for Afro-Latin Visibility in Focus, is now available.

View and download the programme for Politics and Poetics of Afro-Latin Visibility as a pdf

Book to attend on Eventbrite (only necessary if attending the full, two-day gathering)

View and download the listings for Afro-Latin Visibility in Focus as a pdf

About Afro-Latin (in)visibility and the UN Decade

The full title of the network is Afro-Latin (in)visibility and the UN Decade: Cultural politics in motion in Nicaragua, Colombia and the UK.

Led by Dr Julie Cupples in the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh, it aims to contribute directly to the struggles of Afro-descendants for cultural and political rights in Central America, Colombia and Cuba through dialogue, knowledge exchange and widely publicised events.

The project’s co-investigator is Dr Charlotte Gleghorn, a Chancellor's Fellow-Lecturer in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC), whose research interests lie in the field of Latin American film studies, with a particular emphasis on the political work of cinema and its relationship to processes of memory.

The network is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and is partnered by the Africa in Motion film festival, University of the Autonomous Regions of the Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast (URACCAN) and Carabantu.

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Politics and Poetics of Afro-Latin Visibility

A two-day gathering on Afrodescendant film and media from Latin America.

50 George Square