Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia
In concert with the multicultural paradigm, studies addressing Afrodescendant populations have been increasingly growing throughout the last few decades. However, not a few countries had works dealing with this population produced at the beginning of the 20th century or even at late 19th century. This is the case of Afro descendant studies in Uruguay, with scientific research works opening an early dialogue with Afro descendant activism and associationism. Drawing from an extensive bibliographic review and several decades of ethnographic work, I intend to situate that archive within the framework of the racial policy cycles that were contemporary to them. Based on that, I will examine both the dynamics of scholarly production and the role of organic intellectuals, as well as the impact of those productions and their naming policies on popular ‘black’ culture. Finaly, I will list emerging trends.
Keywords: afro-descendant studies, Uruguay, archive, naming policies; popular ‘black’ cultures.