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Coloniality and the Semiotics of Racialization in Latin America: The Peruvian Case
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Negotiations of an individual’s racial positioning, consisting of evaluations of co-occurring emblems such as occupation and descent, for example, in addition to skin color, have been a mainstay feature of colonial and post-colonial societies. Such negotiations, through events of performance and decoding of sign-markers, serve to (re)produce racial categories and to solidify the valence of emblematic racial types over time, even when the perceivable emblems themselves have changed. Tracking shifts and continuities in Peruvian racial ideologies from the colonial period to the present, this survey will move chronologically through a series of case studies, considering their impact on identity formation across Peruvian history, grounding them in contemporary examples.

Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Sponsor: Anthropology Program; LAIS Program; Office of Alumni/ae Affairs
Contact: Laura Kunreuther.
Phone: 845-758-7667

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