CINAF (Research Group on Indigenous and Afro-American Cultures) brings together anthropologists and historians, who have a consolidated trajectory of teaching and research on indigenous and Afro-American cultures. The group was recognized by the AGAUR in 2005 (2005SGR00647) and revalidated in the following calls 2009-2013 (2009SGR01078), 2014 to 2016 and 2017-2021 (2017SGR756). During this long period, CINAF has been consolidating and redefining its lines of research, taking into account political, economic and social changes in Latin America and the world.

During the periods 2005-2008 and 2009-2013, the main research activity was the study of the movements of indigenous and Afro-American political ethnogenesis in the Caribbean and the Atlantic Coast, Mesomérica, South American lowlands and Central Andes during the last decades of the XX century and the beginning of the XXI century, as well as its historical antecedents.

Since 2014, the group’s research has focused on the study of the emergency and the political use of the concept of indigeneity, as well as exploring the hypothesis about the place of reference that indigenous and Afro-descendant populations have acquired since the 1980s. , in the articulation of a new modernity. With these objectives, three lines of research are consolidated:

(1) Indigenous and Afro-descendant groups and their appropriation of the media and social networks.

(2) Material ethnicity: material productions, identity and intellectual property.

(3) Indigenous and Afro-American territory and places of memory.