Tertulia at the Latin American History Seminar: Black Women, the Law, and the Making of a White Argentine Republic’

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Convener: Professor Eduardo Posada-Carbó

Speakers: Dr Erika Denise Edwards, University of North Caroline at Charlotte, in conversation with Dr Celso Thomas Castilho, Vanderbilt University


Erika Denise Edwards is an associate professor of Latin American History at  the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Edwards' research focuses on black experience in Argentina. She has recently published the book Hiding in Plain Sight: Black Women, the Law, and the Making of a White Argentine Republic which is a gendered analysis of black erasure in Argentina.  It has won the Association of Black Women Historians 2020 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize and named one of Black Perspectives best Black history in 2020. Edwards' research advocates for a re-learning of Argentina's black past and the origins of  anti-blackness. She has been quoted and consulted by The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, National Geographic, and La Voz del Interior. 

Celso Thomas Castilho is an associate professor of history at Vanderbilt University, and has been elected incoming vice-president and president of CLAH (2022-2023). He completed graduate school at UC Berkeley, where he began work on slavery and abolition in Brazil; other research interests include the public sphere, literary culture, and Afro-diasporic thought. Following a prize-winning first book on abolition and citizenship, his current projects include a study of the circulation of Uncle Tom’s Cabinin Latin America, and an intellectual and cultural history of the Black press in the nineteenth century. His collaborative work includes co-editing a special issue of Historia Mexicana (2019) on the Spanish American abolitions, which followed a 2015 volume on Brazilian abolition and post-emancipation called, Tornando-se Livre: Agentes históricos e lutas sociais no processo da abolição. His latest co-edited volume, Press, Power, and Culture in Imperial Brazil is due out this summer through the University of New Press.