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Feminist Amefricanity: Resistance and Representation in Contemporary Cultural Production

In 1988, Afro-Brazilian anthropologist Lélia Gonzalez advocated for a paradigm shift in her essay “A Categoria Político-Cultural de Amefricanidade” (“The political-cultural category of Amefricanity”), urging the acknowledgment of the African roots shaping “Latin” America, rejecting the focus on “Latinidad,” and proposing the embrace of its “Amefricanity.” In honor of Gonzalez’s neologism, this panel reengages with the concept of “Amefricanity,” and explores its contemporary relevance in feminist discourses within cultural production across the transatlantic south.

We invite scholars to investigate the multifaceted intersections of feminist perspectives and practices presented by Afro-descendant women artists through literature, film, art, media, and performance to disrupt dominant colonial narratives and underscore the intricate relationships between gender, race, class, sexuality, and nationality. Drawing inspiration from Gonzalez’s exploration of sociopolitical and cultural lessons from Africa to the Americas, we seek papers focused on the use of cultural production to approximate social justice movements in Latin America and the Caribbean, connecting them to the African continent rather than seeking inspiration from the global north.

Proposals from scholars at all career stages, including graduate students and independent researchers, are welcomed. Interdisciplinary approaches are also encouraged. To be considered for the panel, please submit an abstract of 250-300 words along with a brief bio to Lidiana de Moraes (Vanderbilt University), at lidiana.demoraes@vanderbilt.edu, by March 15, 2024. I look forward to receiving your submissions and fostering a rich dialogue on the legacies of the African diaspora. If you have any questions or require further information, do not hesitate to contact me at the provided email address.