Antonio“Tom-Zé” Bacelar da Silva (Assistant Professor, Center for Latin American Studies) will be giving a talk a SOA on April 25 as part of my application for affiliation. Here is the complete info for the talk, along with my picture and current position.
April 25, 2:00–3:00 p.m., Haury Room 216
Title: “In Their Time and Ours”: Intertextual Play as a Site for Antiracist Socialization
Abstract: As they revise the terms of their relationship with Brazil’s nationalist narrative, Afro-Brazilians explore different accounts of their history and culture. “I am Afonso Henrique de Lima Barreto, better known as Lima Barreto. I was born on May 13, 1881, in Rio de Janeiro. I am black and one of the most important Brazilian journalists and writers,” Eduardo spoke projecting his voice as he acted out the part of Lima Barreto, a major figure in Brazilian pre-modernism, whose blackness has been whitened out in Brazilians’ collective memory. This shows one example of the antiracist socialization activities through which local Black NGOs in Salvador (Brazil) teach youth about the erasure of the blackness of famous Brazilians and its possible implications for collective memory in Brazil. Note the sense of being 'here,' 'now' and 'me' in Eduardo’s role-play. Time and space (real or imagined) play a crucial role not only in allowing anti-racist activists to create multiple modes of inserting themselves into the public discourses on race and national identity, but also in building competing perspectives on what has taken place. In doing so they claim something of broader social significance. By rearranging the "distorted" pattern of narrative and memory to their "proper" historical facts, Afro-Brazilian antiracist activists seek to expose the power of ideology which both racialized and avoided blackness as Brazil forged a national culture.