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Spring 2023 Lecture Series - Dr. Jeffrey Coleman (Northwestern)

Event Type
Department of Spanish & Portuguese
FLB 1080 Lucy Ellis Lounge
Feb 23, 2023   4:00 pm  
Originating Calendar
Spanish and Portuguese Calendar

Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey K. Coleman, Northwestern University

Title: The Past, Present, and Future of Black Spain

Abstract: In this lecture, Dr. Coleman will give a historical overview of Black Spain highlighting key figures, debates, and events that have led to the recent boom in Afro-Spanish cultural production today. Blackness in Spain has oscillated between consumption and rejection, both violent processes steeped in racism. However, a new generation of Afro-Spaniards is rejecting those narratives, making its claim on Spanish authenticity through literature, film, stand-up comedy, social media, and activism, forcing the nation to reconcile with its multiracial reality. In doing so, we must then reconsider who is considered to be Spanish.

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