History | Race and Racism in the Americas
H665 | 18967 | Gould

Open to graduate students only; a portion reserved for majors.

This course will examine the significant, if understudied, role of
racial ideologies in modern Latin American social and political
history. We will discuss specific case studies in which Indian-
Ladino (non-Indian) relations played a dominant role, in particular,
in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Bolivia.

We will also examine the discourse and historical practice of
mestizaje in Nicaragua, Peru, and Mexico, analyzing their role in
the construction of hegemony in Latin America. Then, we will attempt
to understand both how racism and racialized ideologies have
excluded, marginalized, and/or incorporated Afro-Latins in Cuba,
Colombia and Brazil. Here, we will also familiarize ourselves with
the theoretical advances in critical race theory. We will also
engage the debate about whether the impact of multicultural
scholarship developed in the US foments a form of cultural
imperialism in Latin America.

Students will write weekly responses. They will also write two book
reviews, choosing works from the main reading list (at least one
review will coincide with a class  presentation). Students will also
write one historiographical or analytical essay.

The texts will include the following:

Michel-Rolph Trouillot,  Silencing the Past: Power and the
Production of History
Jeffrey Gould, To Die in This Way
Ada Ferrer, Insurgent Cuba
Michael Hanchard, Racial Politics in Brazil