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Latin American Antiracism in a 'Post Racial’ Age

Latin American Antiracism in a 'Post Racial’ Age

Date: Thu. 15 Nov, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Latin American Studies Program and
The Jackman Humanities Institute
cordially invite you to

"Latin American Antiracism in a 'Post Racial' Age",
A lecture by Mónica Moreno Figueroa

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About the Presentation
Working across Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico, this lecture looks at antiracist discourses and practices to analyse the turn towards anti-racism that is currently taking place in Latin America and asks how it works in societies that have imagined themselves as fundamentally mestizo (mixed race). In the mestizo imaginary, evident racial inequality and racism co-exist with claims that racism is not really important and that anti-racism is a counter-productive force. This tension works powerfully to distract attention from and obfuscate racism. Latin American racial formations and antiracists struggles are thus of global interest in the battle against the parallel burgeoning of racism and post-racial disavowals and delegitimizations.


figueroaAbout the Presenter
Mónica Moreno Figueroa is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow in Social Sciences at Downing College, Cambridge. She was born and raised in Mexico. An integral part of her academic work has been her commitment to explore different forms of engaged and engaging sociology with a deep concern for social justice. This has taken her to develop links and projects that aim to make racism public as a strategy for its elimination. In the summer of 2011, she co-founded the Collective COPERA (Colectivo para Eliminar el Racismo en México). The collective has been developing a series of initiatives to make racism public in Mexico, link academia and activism, and incorporate a ‘race’ perspective in public policy and human rights activism. Other recent funded projects have included: “Becoming Black: Gender, Racism and Representation in Costa Chica, Mexico” (2016) and “Institutional Racism and the Logics of the Contemporary Mexican State” (2018).


We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Jackman Humanities Institute, through its Working Group "Latin American Racial Technologies through the 21st Century", for the visit of Prof. Moreno Figueroa.

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 Please note: Doors will open at 5:50 PM, light refreshments offered before the start of the lecture at 6:30 PM.

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Event Registration

Registration Start: Wed. 17 Oct, 2018
Registration End: Thu. 15 Nov, 2018