Fall 2019

Dany13, Favéla Do Prazères, CC by 2.0

Identity Transcends Race and Place

Stories illuminate cultural and linguistic hybridity in the Afro-Hispanic diaspora.

The Trans-Atlantic slave trade ripped people from their African homes and deposited them throughout the Spanish and Portuguese empires. Their Afro-Latino descendants have used language to build compound identities mixing old and new cultures. But as Komla Aggor, professor of Spanish and Hispanic studies, found, identity ultimately transcends race and place.

Sources: Diasporic Identities within Afro-Hispanic and African Contexts (Cambridge Scholars, 2015) and African, Lusophone, and Afro-Hispanic Cultural Dialogue (Cambridge Scholars, 2018)