Race and Ethnicity in the Global South (REGS) sponsors historical research to reveal active and influential debates over race and other human differences conducted by scientists and anthropologists across the southern hemisphere.
For too long ideas about race and racial formations in Latin America have been fenced off, in effect, from the rest of the Global South, while Australasia, the Pacific, and southern Africa are more commonly associated with the diffusion of racial thought from the North. But the racial picture changes if one frames ideas and practices in their regional context, examining the similar patterns of racial thought emerging at multiple sites across the southern hemisphere. Ideas about racial plasticity, environmental adaptation, miscegenation, assimilation, absorption, and the formation of new races all come to the fore.
REGS is supported by Professor Warwick Anderson’s Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship. The research into race and ethnicity in the Global South transforms our understanding of ideas about human difference and variability in the twentieth century. Our research collaborations and network building involve leading scholars from the global South, especially Brazil, New Zealand, and South Africa. This research opens dialogue for the first time with other southern hemisphere researchers investigating the history of ideas of race formation, establishing new trans-national research networks.