About the Series
America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations
is a critical series.
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 cen-
tury. This series provides a starting point to redefine Latin America as a configu-
ration of political, linguistic, cultural, and economic intersections that demands
a continuous 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 charac-
terized Latin America’s experience. Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires,
Nations is a forum that confronts established geocultural constructions, rethinks
area studies and disciplinary boundaries, assesses convictions of the academy and
of public policy, and correspondingly demands that the practices through which we
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