The Emerging Latinidades Research Cluser explores under-examined and new Raza syntheses emerging from complex transversal exchanges in multiple local and global contact zones. These include evolving Raza cultural and ethnic hybridities; new Raza spiritual and cultural identities and communities; unique Raza global travelers and expatriates; new immigrant populations; wide-ranging localized and globalized political ideologies; and related Raza ontologies and epistemologies.
The AfroLatinidades Research Cluster enjoins the long legacy of research on AfroLatinx history, politics, culture, and identity in Caribbean-based Latinx Studies by extending this foundational nodal point in the field to Chicanx and Central American Studies. The field of Latinx Studies has been undergoing a major paradigm shift since the 1990s as the demographic diversity within the category of Latinidades has steadily expanded to include AfroMexican and AfroChicanx culture, most recently featured in the dynamic Son Jarocho Movement. The Black diaspora's reach into Central America has been the subject of Latin American Studies for decades, and the consolidation of Central American American Studies has extended this work into US-based Latinx Studies alongside Central American diaspora studies that further compound the complexities of AfroLatinidades.
The Local/Global Revolutionary Theory and Praxis Research Cluster explores unique localized communities engaged in social and political power struggles through grassroots democratic actions and activities that are simultaneously engaged in global epistemic shifts. These include underclass subcultures in rebellion; grassroots community organizing; environmental justice activism; struggles to transform educational institutions; student movements across populations and locales; and alternative multi-issue political organizing.
The Art, Culture, and Revolution Research Cluster explores the relationship between culture, art, and revolution in dialogue with various theories, historical eras, and specific contexts. Several research questions guide this research cluster: what is revolutionary culture and art, what are their contours, and what do they do? This research cluster invites researchers and artist practitioners to collaborate on research, mixed-genre critical creative, and unique creative works as well.
The Insurgent Learning and Action Research Cluster focuses on the development and execution of collaborative pedagogies designed to animate democratic social and political movements. These activities include specialized workshops revolutionary pedagogical theories of praxis for consciousness raising and direct action