The Center for Africana Studies in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences pursues broad inquiry into the ideas and experiences of African peoples throughout the world. Its interdisciplinary approach is organized around three major sub-fields:
Studies of the African Diaspora
The Center's work spans diverse academic disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and public health. While its sub-fields possess distinct and distinctive intellectual traditions, they offer exciting possibilities for comparative as well as integrative inquiry.
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This article surveys the development of a relatively new and vibrant subfield in
Latin American History, mapping out the major stages of its evolution and signaling
key intellectual debates. While much of the scholarship on Afro-Mexican history
has been produced in the last thirty-five years, this article aims to contextualize
these writings within a broader historical framework. This process shows more
clearly the various independent and interdependent tracks that exist within the study
of Mexico’s black population.
Late colonial Mexico possessed one of the largest free-colored populations
in Spanish America, numbering around 370,000 in 1793. The
colony’s pardos, morenos, and mulattos were highly dispersed, being
found throughout the major urban centers, coastal zones, rural areas, and in
selected portions of the northern frontier. Studies conducted over the past
two decades have assisted enormously in reconstructing the free-colored
demographic profile, with particular emphasis on occupational and marriage
patterns. Much of this research has resulted from sustained examinations of
the caste vs. class debate, which has attempted to understand the manner in
which the caste system worked in structuring colonial social relations.