Dr. Erika Edwards joined the History Department in August 2012.
“Pardo is the New Black: The Urban Origins of Argentina’s Myth of Black Disappearance” Global Urban History Blog Dec 2016. Pardo is the New Black
“An African Tree Produces White Flowers: the disappearance of the black population in Argentina” New York: Oxford University Press Blog Nov 2015. An African Tree Produces White Flowers
“Slavery in Argentina” In Oxford Bibliographies in Latin American Studies. Ed. Ben Vinson. New York: Oxford University Press (online) updated June 2017.Slavery in Argentina
“Mestizaje Cordóba’s Patria Chica: Beyond the Myth of Black Disappearance” in African and the Black Diaspora: An International Journal’s special issue “There are No Blacks in Argentina: Policing the Border” Vol. 7. No. 2, 2014.
Hiding in Plain Sight: The Disappearance of the Black Population in Argentina
“The disappearance of the black population is complex because at the root of disappearance is the fluidity and flexibility of the racial identities in Argentina. Since race is not a fixed feature, such as in the United States which implemented the “one drop rule” meaning one drop of black blood made you black, the definition of white and black are more fluid and shaped by political, social, and economic environments. In Argentina, whiteness equates to privilege, status, and wealth that can be traced back to the colonial period. Blackness conversely became equated with poverty, ignorance, and slavery, which also began in the colonial period. Because whiteness and blackness are not fixed traits the disappearance constitutes a series of choices made by African descendants to leave behind, escape, and/or deny their blackness to socially advance to an ascribed ideal whiteness. As a result, the ideal choice for many African descendants throughout Argentina’s history has been when possible whiteness.”
Listen to my most recent interview with SECOLAS about my forthcoming book and professional service:
AFRS 3270 Afro-Latin American History
HIST 2206/ LTAM 2206 Colonial Latin America
HIST 2207/LTAM 2207 Modern Latin America
HIST 3002/LTAM 3002 From Subjects to Citizens: The Long Nineteenth Century 1776-1930
HIST 4000/LTAM From Subjects to Citizens: The historiography of the middle period
HIST/LTAM 6521 Graduate Seminar : Colonial Latin America
LBST 2102 Global and Intercultural Connections: A Historical Journey of Technological Innovations