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Afro Latin America

Afro Latin America has become a key area of focus at Vanderbilt, with faculty research and teaching on the movement and struggles of African-descended peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean. Efforts to uncover the rich legacy of these groups include: archaeological excavation, the digitization of slave records, researching gender issues, and exploring the genetic ancestry of Caribbean peoples. Haiti is particular area of focus for CLACX in this field; as seen through the establishment of Haitian Creole courses, Haiti-centered events, and the promotion of a growing faculty focus on the country’s history and literature.


Circum-Atlantic Studies Seminar

CLACX also supports related programming at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, including the Circum-Atlantic Studies Seminar. This group explores interdisciplinary scholarship, focusing on at least two of the following regions—Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and North America—and some aspect of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, colonialism, and/or post-colonialism.

The Afro-Hispanic Review

The Afro-Hispanic Review is an academic journal of Afro-Hispanic literature and culture, is published by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Vanderbilt University. The journal’s mission is to promote the study of Afro-Hispanic literature and culture. We welcome essays on topics pertaining to the black experience regardless of field. The editorial board regularly features articles on literary criticism, music, religion, history, politics, anthropology, art or any other area of inquiry. At Vanderbilt, we typically offer one standard and one monographic issue per year. The monograph allows the journal to set the parameters for intellectual inquiry by making new research available in a timely manner. It also provides the opportunity to expand the journal’s mission and seek relations between Afro-Hispanics and other cultures and languages where black people reside.

Haitian Creole

Tutoring & Conversation Hours | Center for Second Language Studies | Vanderbilt University