PhD Thesis proposal

Antiracism in Brazil and Peru: (un)challenging the regimes of denial and the racial rule

Supervisor/s: Silvia Rodríguez Maeso and Thula Pires

Doctoral Programme: Human Rights in Contemporary Societies

The research aims to analyze the understandings of race and racism conveyed in the antiracist policies implemented in Brazil and Peru after 2001. More specifically I aim to unravel how these policy discourses and initiatives challenge the existing institutional/ structural racism - supported by the persistent coloniality and the interest of the regional elites to keep 'everyone in their place'. Considering the role of law for the de-politization of social struggles, changes in discourse can be convenient for the pacification of the growing social mobilization of the racialized, particularly with the use of legal reasoning that does not mean changes or ruptures in the (racial) power relations. On the other hand, the Durban Declaration has brought paradigmatic change to the discourses when recognizing colonialism and the enslavement as causes of contemporary forms of racism. Through a multi-scale approach (regional - national) and engaging with critical discourse analysis, I will investigate the (dis)continuities in the regimes of denial of racism in the region (Latin America), through the contexts of Peru and Brazil. The choice of looking at two contexts in relation forces us to be attentive to see beyond those boundaries, to put anti-black racism in relation to theories, ideas and practices that circulates globally and are locally put into action. It proposes to make broader relations with theories developed elsewhere, practices experienced in other places, in dialogue with works that debate anti-black racism/antiracism as a globalized phenomenon.