Colloquium: Runaway Slave Communities

UAB will host an international colloquium and a K-12 Spanish teacher workshop on runaway slave communities in Latin America.
Come learn about the African presence in Latin America from internationally-recognized experts, including professors and UNESCO representatives. The event’s theme will be “Runaway Slave Communities.” The interdisciplinary colloquium examines maroon communities in Latin America in an effort to reassess the concept of “maroonage,” escaping slavery, negotiation with slave-based and racist systems, and resistance against oppression from colonial times to the new context of our globalized world.

Taking as point of departure recent linguistic, historical, archeological and anthropological studies, the colloquium will problematize the idea of “resistance” within Afro-diasporic studies at large, thus including material culture, social movements, visual and cultural studies, and postcolonial migrations. The proposed conference is timely, as it is in line with UNESCO’s designation of 2015-2024 as the Decade of the Afrodescendant, bringing together representatives and works from various regions of Latin America.

The colloquium will officially launch a special issue of the prestigious academic journal The Afro-Hispanic Review with sponsorship from Vanderbilt University.

Hosted by University of Alabama at Birmingham and co-sponsored by Vanderbilt University and the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information visit the colloquium website or email Professor John Maddox of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at