Luz María Martínez Montiel, a Mexican Africanist, Pioneer in Afro-Mexican Studies

Authored by: Citlalli Domínguez

Routledge Handbook of Afro-Latin American Studies

Print publication date:  November  2022
Online publication date:  November  2022

Print ISBN: 9780367691431
eBook ISBN: 9781003159247
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This chapter reconstructs the intellectual trajectory and social commitment of the first Mexican Africanist, Luz María Martínez Montiel, in the struggle to construct an Afro-Mexicanist historiography that sought to transcend the limits of the national state. To understand this, we analyze some of her most important works, which influenced not only Afro-Mexicanist historiography, but also Afro-Latin American Studies. This intellectual biography highlights the intellectual influences that were decisive in Martínez Montiel’s scientific production; her training in ethnology at the Sorbonne University in France was essential to her understanding of the phenomenon of the African diaspora and its social, political, and intellectual vicissitudes in Mexico and Latin America.

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