Migration and Ethnogenesis
Aisha Khan, New York University
James Sidbury, Rice University
James H. Sweet, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Modeling cultural change and ethnogenesis are foundational preoccupations of Caribbean, Latin American, and African-American studies. This roundtable takes stock of the state of the debate to offer conceptual tools and approaches to the study of people and societies in diaspora, displacement, and migration. Bearing in mind that terms such as “creolization,” “hybridity,” “retention,” and “syncretism” are frequently invoked in reference to the cultural dynamics of contemporary global migrations, this roundtable underlines the historical and interpretive specificity of key concepts.