Bridging the Divide Between African Diaspora Studies and African Studies: A Critical Workshop - Friday 11th January 2019, 09:30 AM – 5:15 PM @ IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
The United States has seen a growth of Black studies, Africana studies, and African Diaspora studies programmes in recent years. These programmes view Africa from a diasporic, transnational, and Pan-African lens. In both the US and UK, there is also a long and robust African studies tradition that, though often dominated by scholars from the Global North, attempts to center knowledge from the continent. There is an absence of critical dialogue between these different disciplinary traditions, which approach the study of Africa in theoretically different ways.
This lack of dialogue is due, in part, to the ways in which these different fields approach the study of race. Greater cross-fertilization between African Diaspora/Africana studies in the US, Black studies in the UK, and African studies in both countries could greatly enrich this burgeoning area of research.
This workshop will bring together a group of leading British and North American scholars to examine how best to integrate insights from African Diaspora Studies, Black Studies, and African Studies. We will also discuss how the study of race can inform institutional arrangements and disciplinary boundaries in the Global North. The workshop will examine recent cutting-edge research on race in Africa; explore how important issues surrounding culture, migration, and race are approached by the different fields; and envision new possibilities for intellectual exchange between Africana studies, Black studies, and African studies.
Admission is FREE. Register at eventbrite.
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