Peter Wade (University of Manchester)

Naming and not naming racism in Latin America: what is at stake?

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I work on issues of race, ethnicity and nation in Latin America, with special reference to Afro-descendant groups and to Colombia. From 2010 to 2013, I directed a project funded by the ESRC and the Leverhulme Trust on “Race, genomics and mestizaje (mixture) in Latin America: a comparative approach”, which examined the way concepts of race, ethnicity and nation enter into recent genomic research about the ancestry of Latin American populations and how findings from such research are received and interpreted in the public domain. In 2013-2016, I held up a British Academy Wolfson Research Professorship during which I wrote a book on the results of this project. In January 2017, I started work on a two-year project, directed by Monica Moreno Figueroa (Cambridge), on “Latin American Anti-racism in a ‘Post-Racial’ Age – LAPORA” (see This line of research continued from January 2020 with a three-year AHRC-funded project on “Cultures of Anti-Racism in Latin America – CARLA”, which looks at how artists use their creative work to challenge racism in the region (see