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CHILATST 114: Brujas and Blackness: Transnational Feminist Perspectives of AfroLatinidad

Blackness and brujería are taboo topics within Latinx communities; both typically connote negative imagery and are actively avoided. Recently, the bruja identity has been reclaimed by many AfroLatinx women who see it as an outward expression of their AfroLatinidad and source of personal empowerment. Lara (2005) describes this as a bruja positionality ¿ ¿the re-membering, revising, and constructing of knowledge as well as participation in other forms of social change¿built on healing the internalized desconocimientos that demonize la Bruja and the transgressive spirituality and sexuality that she represents¿ (p 13). Latinx spiritual practices such as espiritismo, Santeria, curanderismo, among others, will become avenues through which will explore key themes in Black/Latina/Chicana feminisms, including the politics of representation, stigmatization, multiple forms of state and interpersonal violence, intersecting forms of oppression, economic justice, reproductive justice, queerness/sexu more »
Blackness and brujería are taboo topics within Latinx communities; both typically connote negative imagery and are actively avoided. Recently, the bruja identity has been reclaimed by many AfroLatinx women who see it as an outward expression of their AfroLatinidad and source of personal empowerment. Lara (2005) describes this as a bruja positionality ¿ ¿the re-membering, revising, and constructing of knowledge as well as participation in other forms of social change¿built on healing the internalized desconocimientos that demonize la Bruja and the transgressive spirituality and sexuality that she represents¿ (p 13). Latinx spiritual practices such as espiritismo, Santeria, curanderismo, among others, will become avenues through which will explore key themes in Black/Latina/Chicana feminisms, including the politics of representation, stigmatization, multiple forms of state and interpersonal violence, intersecting forms of oppression, economic justice, reproductive justice, queerness/sexuality/lesbianism, and strategies of empowerment and resistance. Through a variety of course materials ¿ academic articles, personal reflections, performance, and art ¿ we will critically examine the construction of Afro-indigenous feminist identities within the contexts of Latin America and the diaspora.
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