Call for Proposals

The ALARI Second Continental Conference on Afro-Latin American Studies / Segundo Encuentro Continental en Estudios Afrolatinoamericanos de ALARI  / Segundo Encontro Continental de Estudos Afro-Latino-Americanos do ALARI


December 7-9, 2022

The Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University, invites professors, students, researchers, scholars, and activists, as well as artists, and policy makers working on Afrodescendants in Latin America to submit a proposal to the ALARI Second Continental Conference on Afro-Latin American Studies, which will take place on December 7-9, 2022 at Harvard University. This gathering seeks to promote the academic field of Afro-Latin American Studies by fostering a necessary dialogue among actors involved in the production and implementation of academic and race justice agendas in Latin America.

The field of Afro-Latin American Studies as defined in Afro-Latin America: An Introduction is understood as “the study of people of African ancestry in Latin America” as well as “the study of the larger societies in which those people live.” Hence the field is nurtured by contributions from a variety of disciplines, from which we welcome proposals including, but not limited to anthropology, sociology, history, ethnomusicology, literary studies, art and art history, religious studies, economics, law, and political science. It is also enriched by intellectual production of activists and program officers and analysts linked to government and international agencies.

We anticipate that the panels will address, but are not limited to the following topics, understood as pressing issues of the Afro-Latin American Studies.

  1. Gender and Feminism in Latin America
  2. The Afrodescendant Movement, Black Mobilization, Political Representation
  3. Slavery and the Slave Trade
  4. Inequality, Race, and Racism
  5. Afro-Latin American Visual Arts
  6. Afro-Latin American Literature
  7. Afro-Latin American Music and Culture
  8. Afro-Latin American Archaeology
  9. Afro-Indigenous Relations
  10. Afro-Latinx Studies and Communities in the US
  11. Afro-Latin American Religions
  • We welcome proposals for individual papers and/or panels submitted in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.
  • Please submit your proposal by February 1, 2022 by filling in the application below
  • Please do not send your application in any other format, as it will not be accepted.
  • Please limit your Abstract to 250 words (1,500 characters) and your Short Bio to 150 words (1,000 characters.) If you are proposing a panel, please limit the description to 400 words.
  • Successful applicants will be notified about the selection decision on May 15, 2022.
  • Please note that we only accept one application per person. 

Limited Travel Aid of airfare coverage ONLY is available to preferably young and underrepresented students, scholars, and activists. If selected to participate at the conference, you will be able to apply to travel aid. 

For more information please contact us at:

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Individual Paper Application

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Individual or co-authored paper proposals (2 authors max) 

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Panel Application

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If you are a group of researchers (do not need to be affiliated to the same institution), please apply here as a panel. Proposals for panel without members are not permitted. Please enter the names and affiliation for all members (up to 5 but no less than 3) of the panel. The Chair of the Panel is the person entering the information on behalf of the group and counts as a member of the panel.