The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is the premier center of African American and Afro-diasporic studies. Yet, as the literary scholar Vanessa Valdés argues, we know little of the center’s namesake and his drive to collect and establish a renowned archive that emphasized the history, experience, and culture of African descended peoples and communities. Employing Valdés’s Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, this essay explores the politics of Afro-diasporic collection, archive, visibility, and futurity.
Schomburg, Futurity, and the Precarious Archives of Self
Nancy Raquel Mirabal is an associate professor in the American Studies Department and the US Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a historian who has published widely in the fields of Afro-diasporic, archival, and gentrification studies. She is the author of Suspect Freedoms: The Racial and Sexual Politics of Cubanidad in New York, 1823–1957 (2017). From 2012 to 2013 she was a Scholar in Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York.
Nancy Raquel Mirabal; Schomburg, Futurity, and the Precarious Archives of Self. Small Axe 1 March 2020; 24 (1 (61)): 111–119. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-8190650
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