ALARI: Building the New Field of Afro-Latin American Studies
The Afro-Latin American Research Institute (ALARI)* at Harvard University is presenting the second issue of its monthly Newsletter aiming to highlight and disseminate important knowledge on the various initiatives making an important contribution to inclusive policy, governance and democracy in Latin America. This is made possible by the generous support of the Gender and Diversity Division (GDI) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)* as part of the IDB-ALARI initiative on Race and Public Policy in Latin America.

On April 27-28 , the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University hosted the Afrodescendants in Brazil: Achievements, Present Challenges and Perspectives for the Future Symposium framed by the International Decade of People of African Descent (2015-2024) proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations. The event aimed to offer a space for reflection on the emergence and development of the Afro-Brazilian movement, address the contribution of scholars to the study of racial inequality during the last 20 years, consider the achievements and lessons learned, and identify past and present challenges. Find out more about the program of the event .

The conference honored the memory of one its presenters, the politician and human rights defender, Marielle Franco who was assassinated in Rio de Janeiro last month. In 'Absorbing a Tragic Silence' , Liz Mineo from the Harvard Gazette highlights the change Marielle's work represented for Brazil and the significance of her death especially for the Black community.

“It’s a tragedy in so many ways,” laments Sidney Chalhoub. “She was everything that could represent a more inclusive society.” Read more .

In her talk at Harvard University on April 27, Jurema Werneck , Executive Director of Amnesty International, Brazil discussed human rights and Afrodescendants under critical attack in Brazil and the current responses from institutions and civil society.
Por Matheus Gato, Universidade de Sāo Paulo

Os pesquisadores interessados em fontes da história da escravidão brasileira costumam se deparar com o livro O Cativeiro (1938) do abolicionista maranhense Dunshee de Abranches de Moura.  Ler mais.

Por Sonia Viveros Padilla, Fundación de Desarrollo Social y Cultural Afroecuatoriana Azúcar

Mucho se ha caminado, somos cientos de afroecuatorianas organizadas en casi todo el país, que con voz propia incidimos en espacios nacionales, dejando nuestra huella en leyes, decretos, ordenanzas.   Leer mas.

This book provides a socio-historical analysis of the 2002 massacre at Bellavista-Bojayá-Chocó, Colombia. The author, Aurora Vergara-Figueroa , examines how the concepts of forced displacement and migration could be formulas for historical erasure. These concepts are used to name populations, such as the survivors of this massacre, and are limited in their ability to contribute to the demands for reparation of the affected populations. Instead, the book proposes the concept of deracination as a tool to study land dispossession. It captures both the complex local specificities, the global linkages of this phenomenon and the strategies of resistance used by the people of this community to channel what seems as an impossible mourning.
'The Anti-Black City' by Jaime Amparo Alvez reveals the violent and racist ideologies that underlie state fantasies of order and urban peace in modern Brazil. Illustrating how “governing through death” has become the dominant means for managing and controlling ethnic populations in the neoliberal state, Jaime Amparo Alves shows that these tactics only lead to more marginalization, criminality, and violence. 


As several countries in Latin America face a new wave of conservative politics and repression, this event held on April 10, 2018 and hosted by City University of New York (CUNY) brought together activists from Brazil, Colombia, and Haiti to discuss the current context in these countries, human rights violations against resistance movements and how to build international solidarity.

The event represented a tribute to Marielle Franco, city councilwoman in Rio de Janeiro and human rights defender, assassinated on March 14.

A escritora Conceição Evaristo foi escolhida na categoria Destaque 2017. A Flip ganhou na categoria Melhor Evento de Cultura e o Sesc-SP levou o prêmio de Melhor Programação Cultural.



'Run for It' —a starkly stunning graphic novel by internationally acclaimed illustrator Marcelo d’Salete —is one of the first literary and artistic efforts to confront Brazil’s hidden history of slavery. Seen through the eyes of its victims, the book tells of ordinary slaves who rebel against their masters. Its vivid illustrations and magical realism engage the reader’s poetic imagination through stories of individual suffering caused by the horrors of slavery.

Originally published in Brazil—where it was nominated for three of the country’s most prestigious comics awards—'Run for It' has awed readers worldwide. These intense tales offer a tragic and gripping portrait of one of history’s darkest corners. It’s hard to look away.

En los días 10-12 de abril , se realizó la VIII Cumbre de las Américas sobre “Gobernabilidad Democrática frente a la Corrupción” en la cual participó la Coalición Afrodescendiente con 136 miembros quienes representan a más de 350 millones de personas en la región reafirmando el lema del Decenio Internacional de los Afrodescendientes: Reconocimiento, Justicia y Desarrollo y la Agenda 2030.

O publicitário Paulo Rogério Nunes , 37 anos, estava de frente para Gilberto Gil quando largou, de súbito: “Eles têm o Vale do Silício, e nós temos o Vale do Dendê”.

Na prática, o Vale do Dendê reúne startups – empresas inovadoras e iniciantes com poder de escala – e investe no crescimento de cada uma delas a partir de cursos de capacitação e oficinas.
If you are interested in the intersection of gender and race in Latin America, please join us for our monthly Reading & Discussion Group where we will explore the following topics:
  • Scholarly Work on Gender and Race in Latin America
  • Fiction and Poetry by Latin American Authors

Los invitamos a enviarnos actualizaciones, anuncios y recursos sobre eventos, políticas públicas, publicaciones e iniciativas que contribuyen a la inclusión racial y la igualdad en América Latina a
IDB-ALARI@fas.harvard.edu .

La siguiente fecha de publicación es el 31 de mayo del 2018 . Por favor, envíen sus presentaciones antes del 24 de mayo .
We Welcome Submissions for our Newsletter

We invite you to submit updates, announcements and resources about events, policies, publications, and initiatives that make an important contribution to racial inclusion and equality in Latin America a IDB-ALARI@fas.harvard.edu .

The next publication date is May 31, 2018 . Please send us your material by May 24th .
*The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute or the Inter-American Development Bank, its Board of Directors, or the countries they represent.
The Afro-Latin American Research Institute (ALARI)
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