Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations is a critical se-
ries. It aims to explore the emergence and consequences of concepts used
to define ‘‘Latin America’’ while at the same time exploring the broad
interplay of political, economic, and cultural practices that have shaped
Latin American worlds. Latin America, at the crossroads of competing
imperial designs and local responses, has been construed as a geocultural
and geopolitical entity since the nineteenth century. This series provides
a starting point to redefine Latin America as a configuration of political,
linguistic, cultural, and economic intersections that demands a contin-
uous reappraisal of the role of the Americas in history, and of the ongoing
process of globalization and the relocation of people and cultures that
have characterized Latin America’s experience. Latin America Other-
wise: Languages, Empires, Nations is a forum that confronts established
geocultural constructions, that rethinks area studies and disciplinary
boundaries, that assesses convictions of the academy and of public policy,
and that, correspondingly, demands that the practices through which we
produce knowledge and understanding about and from Latin America be
subject to rigorous and critical scrutiny.
During the nineteenth century, Indians were recruited by the British to
work as indentured labor in Trinidad and Tobago. They were part of a
growing South Asian diaspora that was to transform the fabric of life in
much of the English-speaking Caribbean. Outside of area specialists, that
page in New World history has remained relatively unknown, and we are
excited to include Callaloo Nation in our series not only because of Aisha
Khan’s contribution to an understudied field, but because of the original
way with which she has approached it.
In this age of identity-stereotyping, we hear talk about the Caribbean’s
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