The Multicultural Turn, the New Latin American Constitutionalism, and Black Social Movements in the Andean Sub-Region

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:30
Presenter: 
Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier
Event Location: 
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

With the Andean sub-region in mind, I first discuss the particular significance of what authors have called “the Latin American multicultural turn” as it relates to Andean ideologies of national identity, and Afro-Andean lives and political strategies. I then explore the new Latin American constitutionalism that emerged out of, and has defined the Latin American multicultural turn by focusing on specific articles of Andean constitutions and special laws that deal with collective rights and legal protections against racial and other discriminations. Acknowledging the lack of uniformity among the Andean sub-region’s multiculturalisms, and the concomitant diversity of Afro-Andean political strategies, I call for a comparative assessment of the usefulness (or lack thereof) of these more or less recently adopted “multicultural legal instruments” to remedy wrongs Afrodescendants experience.