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Hernández Reyes, Castriela Esther. "Black Women’s Struggles against Extractivism, Land Dispossession, and Marginalization in Colombia"

Latin American Perspectives 46, no. 2 (March 2019): 217–34.

The neocolonial turn toward extractivism intensifies the use of violence while fostering land dispossession, racism, and militarization of social life. Afro-Colombian women resist this process by using their subjectivities politically, strategically, discursively, and textually. An examination through the lens of black/decolonial feminism of the first national Mobilization for the Care of Life and Ancestral Territories, led by 40 black women from the Department of Cauca in 2014, shows that black women’s emotions and collective affections were driving forces that exhibited both their exclusions and their resistance. These feelings may be seen as catalysts through which their lived experiences are expressed and performed in the material world. Examination of this event suggests that a more radical analysis of black women’s historicity, subjectivities, and struggles is needed to better capture and understand experience-based epistemologies that challenge hegemonic forms of knowledge production.

Vásquez-Padilla, Dario Hernan & Hernández-Reyes, Castriela Esther. "Interrogando la gramática racial de la blanquitud: Hacia una analítica del blanqueamiento en el orden racial colombiano"

Latin American Research Review, 55(1), 64–80.


This article studies individuals’ perceptions of their skin color as an ideological dimension of whitening. Using binomial logistic regression models with a representative national sample of the AmericasBarometer in Colombia, we ask whether there is an association between ethno-racial categories, skin color, social status, and individual desire for lighter skin color, and, if so, what explains that desire in the heart of a racialized society. After controlling for skin color, this study finds that individuals who self-identify as white rather than black are more likely to desire lighter skin. In addition, those with intermediate skin tone also have a greater desire to be lighter. Results show that whitening seems not to constitute an escape hatch from historical and structural processes of social marginalization or a strategy of evading practices of racial discrimination for self-identified black people in Colombia.



Mena, María Isabel, Yeison Arcadio Meneses, Antonia Agreda, and Castriela E. Hernández. Lenguajes Incluyentes: Alternativas Democráticas. (2021)

ISBN: 978-958-5137-16-5



Hernández-Reyes, Castriela Esther. "Creating Inclusive Public Space: Participatory Design Ethnography in a University Library" (Chapter 9, pgs. 143 -156). Co-authored with Krista Harper, Cait Holmrich, Elena Sesma, Vanesa Giraldo, and Sarah Hutton in Cool Anthropology: How to engage a broad audience with your research (2022), Kristina Baines and Victoria Costa (eds.), Toronto University Press.


Hernández-Reyes, Castriela Esther. "Género, lenguajes excluyentes y racismo: descolonizando la historicidad de las mujeres afrodescendientes e indígenas en Colombia" (Chapter 4, pgs. 110 -132), in Lenguajes Incluyentes: Alternativas Democráticas. María Isabel Mena G. Yeison Arcadio Meneses Copete, Antonia Agreda, and Castriela E. Hernández-Reyes (Autores) . Organización Internacional para las Migraciones - OIM (2021) ISBN: 978-958-5137-16-5


Hernández-Reyes, Castriela Esther. "Black Women’s Struggles against Extractivism, Land Dispossession, and Marginalization in Colombia" (Chapter 11, pgs.261 -280),  in Latin American Extractivism: Dependency, Resource Nationalism and Resistance in Broad Perspective (2020). Edited by Steve Ellner. Rowman and Littlefield. ISBN-13: 978-1538141557 

Hernández-Reyes, Castriela Esther. "Aproximaciones al sistema de sexo/género en la Nueva Granada en los siglos XVIII y XIX" (Chapter 1, pgs. 29 -75)        in Demando mi libertad: Mujeres negras y sus estrategias de resistencia en la Nueva Granada, Venezuela y Cuba, 1700–1800 (2018). Edited by Aurora Vergara Figueroa & Carmen Cosme Puntiel. Universidad Icesi press. ISBN: 978-958-8936-36-9. Demando mi libertad was awarded the Montserrat Ordóñez prize of the  Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Colombia  Section, for the best book on gender and women's studies  (2020).



Hernández-Reyes, Castriela. "A 'Bundle of Silences': Fifty Years of Silenced Stories on Black Women Survivors of the War in Colombia" (Book chapter accepted in " Critical Social Science Research on Black Women in Latin America and the Caribbean," a book in preparation)

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