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Alejandr Campos GarciaAlejandro Campos García
Sociology, Thompson River University

"My current research is on the cutting-edge of the sociology of inequality and social justice. I am engaged in a political, historical and epistemological analysis of the definition of racism and racial discrimination as public problems. Concretely, my research interrogates three social justice models: 19th century humanitarianism, 20th century citizenship rights, and late 20th to early 21st century human rights. In general, I am interested in how all three models have worked as discursive foundations to make racism and racial discrimination intelligible as public problems and as objects of remedies." -- Thompson Rivers University, Ontario, Canada

Alejandro Campos Garcia is co-organizer, along with Silvia Valero, of the 2016 Symposio Afrodescendientes at the University of Cartagena, Colombia, 12/2016

Putting the Afrodescendant movement into perspective  1/4/2016 Thompson Rivers University: "Today, PhD candidate and TRU sociology instructor Alejandro Campos Garcia calls it “one of the most important political movements in the Americas,” and it is on this topic he co-edited, Identity Politics in a Time of Afrodescendancy: self-identification, ancestry, visibility and rights, with Silvia Valero, published in Spanish through Editorial Corregidor. The book puts the last 15 years of the Afrodescendant movement into perspective."

 


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Putting the Afrodescendant movement into perspective  1/4/2016 Thompson Rivers University: "Today, PhD candidate and TRU sociology instructor Alejandro Campos Garcia calls it “one of the most important political movements in the Americas,” and it is on this topic he co-edited, Identity Politics in a Time of Afrodescendancy: self-identification, ancestry, visibility and rights, with Silvia Valero, published in Spanish through Editorial Corregidor. The book puts the last 15 years of the Afrodescendant movement into perspective."

The renewed focus on the struggle for Latin American Afrodescendant rights  12/13/2015 Africa is a country: by Alejandro Campos García - "A recent symposium at Harvard University took advantage of the 15th anniversary of the Santiago Conference to reflect on the achievements, lessons and challenges of the Afrodescendant movement. In terms of the former, participants took stock of the organizational, institutional and normative transformations that have taken place since the year 2000. Referring to challenges, the conversation–between representatives of governments, funders and activists–focused on the existence of ideological disagreements between the so called “left-” and “right-wing” branches of the movement, especially on the issue of building alliances with governments, intergovernmental entities and funding agencies. Participants also dedicated time to exploring how governments and human rights agencies are addressing the Afrodescendants’ continued situation of social inequality."

Racialización, Racialismo y Racismo. Un discernimiento necesario  6/1/2012 Academia: "Este artículo pretende arrojar luz sobre las diferencias y conexiones íntimas entre los términos racialización, racialismo y racismo. Con ello pretende ofrecer algo de claridad sobre formas de pensar y operar poco repasadas. Este análisis se detiene primero en definir el concepto matriz de racialización, sus acepciones y las consecuencias políticas y epistémicas de su contenido. Posteriormente, el texto se dedica a analizar el poco discutido término racialismo. En una tercera sección los esfuerzos de este análisis se concentran en examinar el concepto de racismo y en describir las estrechas relaciones que éste tiene con los conceptos anteriores. A modo de conclusión se reflexiona sobre la utilidad de este ejercicio de discernimiento para las políticas del anti-racismo."

Public Lecture: “Metaphors of Racism” by Alejandro Campos-Garcia  3/2/2011 St Thomas University: "Last week, Alejandro Campos-Garcia visited campus to discuss “Metaphors of Racism: Crime and Pathology as Metaphors in International Anti-Racist Discourse.” Campos-Garcia opened his lecture with stark images related to racism of the early 20th century. He focused on the use of metaphor pathology and crime in intergovernmental relationships at the UN level."

CIA: Alejandro Campos-Garcia talk  2/17/2011 Art Gallery, Hyork University: "The political, economic, and social shift that took place in Cuba during the 1990s, as a consequence of the end of the Cold War, set the climate within which a previously silenced group of anti-racist visual artists were able to become public. Since the late 1990s, this group has organized a number of exhibitions where they have developed a narrative related to the claim of special rights, group identity formation, and the defense of ethnic singularities. In so doing they have contributed to the creation of a new framework for thinking about race in Cuba."

State Agenda and Public Policy against Racism (1959-2008)  6/1/2008 CUNY: chapter 22 in Changing Cuba/Changing World, 2008

 

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Identidades políticas en tiempos de la afrodescendencia: auto-identificación, ancestralidad, visibilidad y derechos, 2015
Silvia Valero, Alejandro Campos García, editores

Racialización, Racialismo y Racismo. Un discernimiento necesario, Academia.edu

Alejandro Campos García: «The Politics of Human Rights and the Making of Afrodescendants: The Contribution of the Inter-American System», ponencia presentada en la Conferencia 2012 de la Latin American Studies Association, San Francisco, 23 al 26 de mayo de 2012.

Bio: kamino.tru.ca/experts/home/main/bio.html?id=acamposgarcia

 

 

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