Graciela Maglia

Graciela Maglia


Caro y Cuervo Institute, Colombia

Professor, Master´s Program in Literature and Culture

Director of the African Heritage Program

Graciela Maglia is a professor in the Master´s Program in Literature and Culture and coordinator of the Afro and Indigenous Literatures Research Area at the Instituto Caro y Cuervo, in Bogotá, Colombia.

She holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic/Latin American Literature from the Sorbonne Paris IV, France; an M.A. Diplôme d´Etudes Approfondies Etudes Culturelles: Méditerranées et Langues Romanes from the Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France ; and an M.A. in Latin American Literature and Linguistics from the Instituto Caro y Cuervo, Bogotá, Colombia.

Her publications include several books and articles in the fields of Caribbean Studies, Afro-Creole Studies, Literary Criticism, and Semiotics. She published De la machina imperial a la vereda tropical. Poesía, identidad y nación en el Caribe afrohispánico in 2009; Kondalo pa bibí mejó. Oratura y oralitura de San Basilio de Palenque (Colombia), co-authored with Yves Moñino, in 2015; and Palenque (Colombia): oralidad, identidad y resistencia, co-authored with Armin Schwegler in 2012. In 2013 she published the bilingual collection of her poetry, Entrópicos/Entropics.

She is editor of Si yo fuera tambó. Poesía selecta de Candelario Obeso y Jorge Artel. Edición crítica, 2019, 2010; co-editor of Palenque (Colombia): Orality, Identity and Resistance. An interdisciplinary approach, 2017 (with Armin Schwegler and Bryan Kirschen); and Memorias, saberes y redes: Culturas populares en América Latina en tiempos del capitalismo global, 2016 (with Leonor Hernández);.

She is co-editor of special issues in literary journals: Maglia, Graciela, and John Maddox, (eds.), Afro-Hispanic Review, Special Issue Black Resistence and Negotiation in Latin America, Vol. 36, No. 1, Spring 2018; Maglia, Graciela, and Jeffrey Cedeño (eds.), Revista Iberoamericana, Special Issue Otros Caribes: Del Continente a las Antillas, May 2016; Maglia, Graciela, Juan Duchesne, and Miguel Rocha (eds.), Literaturas afrolatinoamericanas e indígenas, Dossier Cuadernos de Literatura (Bogotá) #38, July 2015.

Her research analyzes popular culture as a bridge between the academy and the community. Her current focus concentrates on Afro-descendant communities in Colombia and postcolonial cultures in their multifaceted expressions that embody hybrid, racialized enunciations emerging from a triple ethnic, linguistic and cultural convergence of European, African and Indigenous roots.