Black Feminist Constellations: Dialogue and Translation across the Americas (Paperback)
A collection of essays, interviews, and conversations by and between scholars, activists, and artists from Latin America and the Caribbean that paints a portrait of Black women's experiences across the region.
Black women in Latin America and the Caribbean suffer a triple erasure: as Black people, as women, and as non-English speakers in a global environment dominated by the Anglophone North. Black Feminist Constellations is a passionate and necessary corrective. Focused on and written by Black women of the southern Americas, the original works composing this volume make legible the epistemologies that sustain radical scholarship, art, and political organizing by Black women everywhere.
In essays, poems, and dialogues, the writers in Black Feminist Constellations reimagine liberation from the perspectives of radical South American and Caribbean Black women thinkers. The volume’s methodologically innovative approach reflects how Black women come together to theorize the world and challenges the notion that the university is the only site where knowledge can emerge. A major work of intellectual history, Black Feminist Constellations amplifies rarely heard voices, centers the uncanonized, and celebrates the overlooked work of Black women.
Christen A. Smith is an associate professor of anthropology and African and African Diaspora studies and the director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
Lorraine Leu is a professor of Latin American and cultural studies in the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) and Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin.