Nicole Ramsey

Unpacking Blackness: Cultural Exchange and Identity Formations in Afro-Costa Rica

As a research project, I want to investigate the ways in which conceptions of blackness and national identity are represented and performed in Central America and among Afro-Central American immigrants in the U.S. More broadly, I am interested in how fragmented notions of citizenship, ethnicity, culture and migration inform identities across Central America and within the U.S. The silencing and absence of Afro-Central American narratives call into question which histories are included and sustained within the collective national memory—causing those who identify as “other” to be cast on the margins. In looking at conceptions of gender, race and class, this project will examine various ways that Afro-Costa Ricans negotiate these dynamics through cultural production, visual culture and practices of history.”