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Black Studies

Area chair

Brian C Johnson (Luzerne County Community College)

African, African American, and Black Studies

MAPACA Area Description

The Black Studies Studies area at MAPACA will provide a space for the critical examination of the human, cultural, social, political, economic, and historical factors that have created and shaped the African, African American and other African Diasporic experiences throughout the world. African, African-American, and Caribbean cultures, traditions, and values are crucial to an understanding of the vital importance of Africa as a major player in the global system in this age of global interdependence.

The primary goal of the area is to understand the foundations of Black Studies as an interdisciplinary scholarly inquiry, and the diverse theoretical perspectives that characterize this academic field of study. It is our hope to articulate the acquisition of a solid knowledge base in the history, culture, and experiences of African people around the globe, as well as the contributions they have made to the development of world civilizations and popular culture.

It is our intention to recognize the intersections between race and other social or cultural identities confronting peoples of the African Diaspora, including issues of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and class; and to analyze, interpret, and articulate perceptions of the history and culture of the African Diaspora, particularly negative images that are widely disseminated in American society, and encourage not only the aspirations of African and African American people, but the actualizations of those aspirations through a recognition of the lasting impact of power differentials exemplified through colonization and imperialism.

We welcome papers, panels, and proposals from scholars in the humanities and social sciences, but we are also open to other disciplines. We encourage scholars to interpret this theme broadly and apply interdisciplinary thought with a focus on the interplay between the historical, political, economic, cultural, and social dynamics that have shaped the reality of people of African descent.

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