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Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Jaira Harrington Publishes New Book Chapter in Volume on Race and Knowledge Production

March 18, 2016

Anna Julia Cooper Center Postdoctoral Fellow in Politics & International Affairs Jaira Harrington has published a book chapter in the edited volume Race and the Politics of Knowledge Production: Diaspora and Black Transnational Scholarship in the USA and Brazil. Harrington’s chapter is entitled “Guess Who’s Coming to Research? Reflections on Race, Class, Gender, and Power in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.”

Race and the Politics of Knowledge Production: Diaspora and Black Transnational Scholarship in the USA and Brazil is edited by Dr. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) and Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman (University of South Florida).

On the volume, Dr. Hordge-Freeman writes:
This edited collection, Race and the Politics of Knowledge Production, marks a timely contribution to the field because since David Hellwig’s edited book “African American Reflections on Brazil’s Racial Paradise” (1992) another book on black intellectuals’ experiences in Brazil has not been published. Our expressed goal with this volume is to shift the gaze away from the heavily sexualized narratives about Brazil and towards an exploration of how Black researchers negotiate the intersectionality of their race, gender, and national identities in ways that impact their research and, hence, shape knowledge production. For some contributors, their chapters are explicitly didactic and they provide insight into strategies that can be used to successfully cultivate coalition building in global contexts. Still other chapters focus on the significant challenges that Black researchers face as they work towards gaining credibility and approachability in societies that devalue them based on their presumed racial, gender, and/or national identity. Taken together, the chapters will offer a multi-layered perspective of how researchers’ experiences and positionality can be simultaneously an advantage and a liability.