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Meet the Author: Anke Birkenmaier

The Specter of Races

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 5:00pm

College Arts & Humanities Institute

Anke Birkenmaier, Associate Professor of Spanish & Portuguese and Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at IU Bloomington, will discuss her recent book, The Specter of Races: Latin American Anthropology and Literature between the Wars (University of Virginia Press, 2016). Please join us for a discussion and reception following the talk.

Arguing that race has been the specter that has haunted many of the discussions about Latin American regional and national cultures today, Birkenmaier shows how theories of race and culture in Latin America evolved dramatically in the period between the two world wars. In response to the rise of scientific racism in Europe and the American hemisphere in the early twentieth century, anthropologists joined numerous writers and artists in founding institutions, journals, and museums that actively pushed for an antiracist science of culture, questioning pseudoscientific theories of race and moving toward more broadly conceived notions of ethnicity and culture.

Anke Birkenmaier is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, and Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at IU Bloomington. She is also the author of Alejo Carpentier y la cultura del surrealismo en América Latina (Vervuert-Iberoamericana, 2006), and co-editor of Havana Beyond the Ruins: Cultural Mappings after 1989 (Duke University Press, 2011) and Cuba: un siglo de literature (Colibrí, 2004).