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Mark Your Calendars! ASWAD Instagram Live Book Series is Starting in August 2020!

August 10th, 2020

Our first event is on August 18, 2020 AT NOON. Follow @aswadiaspora on INSTAGRAM and join us for this live discuss about the new book Comrade Sister: Caribbean Feminist Revisions of the Grenada Revolution by Dr. Laurie Lambert (Assistant Professor, Fordham University) who will be in conversation with Dr. Natanya Duncan (Associate Research Professor of Humanities (Penn State University, Digital Humanities Institute). Read more...

 


Call for Participants: COVID-19 Stories

August 10, 2020

The C19 Insider Scoop (www.c19insider.com) project aims to increase knowledge of COVID-19 by learning from the experiences of persons who have recovered from the virus. If you know someone who has recovered from COVID-19, consider encouraging them to participate and share their story. Participation includes completion of a one-time survey and all data collection is anonymous. There is also a small money incentive for participants. Read more...

 


Latest Issue of Africana Religions Available for Free to ASWAD Members

August 10, 2020

As a friendly reminder, one of the benefits of your ASWAD membership is a complementary subscription to the Journal of Africana Religions, which embodies ASWAD's commitment to understanding African and African diaspora people in translocal perspective. The latest issue is now out, and includes discussion of Vodun as a trans-Atlantic religious complex focusing on the spiritual power of forests; Kongolese religious adornment in São Paulo, Brazil; Read more...

 


Call for Papers – Special Issue, Spring 2021: “Resisting White Supremacy in the African Diaspora: Moving Towards Liberation and Decolonization” – Journal of Interdisciplinary Humanities

July 13th, 2020

The months of May and June, 2020, saw unprecedented global protests against anti-Black racism and calls for a more equitable and just society that recognizes the humanity and lives of people of African descent. While these protests initially originated across the United States, protesters around the world quickly galvanized in support of these issues organizing events in a growing number of countries, including Canada, Mexico, Haiti, the United Kingdom, Read more...

 


Check Out ASWAD's Latest Webinars on Our YouTube Page. Be Sure to Subscribe for Updates:

June 30th, 2020

Police Violence in the Global Black Community Featuring Luciana Brito, Manoucheka Celeste, Sandy Hudson, Mame-Fatou and Niang. Moderated by Christen Smith. Covid-19 and the African Diaspora Parts 1 & 2 Featuring Luciana Brito, Ugo Edu, Julius Fobil, Aaron Kamugisha, Angelique Nixon, Nicole Phillip-Dowe, and Maboula Soumahoro. Moderated by Michael A. Gomez. Read more...

 


Dispatches from the United States

June 2nd, 2020

The novel coronavirus has killed over 100,000 people in the United States, combining with the older, more lethal and more permanent virus of white supremacy to ensure that black, Latinx and Native Americans disproportionately die from COVID-19. On May 25, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, four police officers murdered George Floyd, a forty-six year-old black man. In full view of a gathering crowd, including the seventeen-year-old girl who filmed the Read more...

 


Statement by the African Studies Association of Africa on the Brutal Killing of Mr. George Floyd in the United States of America and its Aftermath

June 2nd, 2020

The African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) is a membership-organization of scholars, practitioners and activists of the African continent and her Diaspora. www.as-aa.org. We are an association strongly committed to upholding the sanctity and dignity of life, particularly of Black people on the African continent, the African Diaspora and African people globally. We are united by a brutal common experience of relentless structural Read more...

 


Call for Papers – Political Parties in Africa – Conference Series Internal Changes and Foreign Policy of African Countries

May 11th, 2020

In Africa, the political party (as well as the Trade Union) has been one of the most successful acculturations in order to enforce social and political change during colonial times. Within the new African States -especially after 1990 and the rise of multiparty elections – an inflated number of political parties and movements has arisen. Regardless of their different social standings, different organisational endurance and their very much different position regarding Read more...

 


In Solidarity, A Message from ASWAD

April 24th, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to ravage the world, we hope and pray that you, your family and all loved ones are safe and healthy during these increasingly perilous times. We know too well that all over the world, ongoing racial and economic inequalities explain why COVID-19 kills people of color in highly disproportionate numbers. Black and brown people cannot always take protective social distancing measures while disproportionately located in densely Read more...

 


Call for Submissions: Feminist Africa 2021

April 20th, 2020

How does the African Futurist genre (re)imagine gender norms, sexual identities, and issues of feminism on the continent? This special issue will explore questions of gender and sexuality in “African Futurism,” a term that has gained currency since Nigerian-American novelist Nnedi Okorafor used it in a November 2018 Twitter post. Our contributors draw from African sources to explore how African Futurism has become a cultural genre exploring varied Read more...

 


Thabiti Willis Receives Prestigious Mellon New Directions Fellowship to Unearth New Understanding of the Histories of Bahrain Communities in the Gulf Region

April 15th, 2020

Thabiti Willis, Associate Professor of History and Director of Africana Studies, has been awarded the prestigious New Directions Fellowship from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Fellowship will support Willis’ three-year research project, “Slaves and Singers: Race, Work and Heritage in a Gulf Country.” The substantial fellowship, in the amount of $300,000, will enable Willis to address social, cultural, and historical factors that shaped the Read more...

 


Announcing Looking for Black Miami: Black Intellectual and Artistic Formations

April 6th, 2020

We are pleased to announce the publication of Looking for Black Miami. In this issue, six leading Black academics from various disciplines reflect on growing up in Miami. Spanning neighborhoods and generations, their essays reveal the hemispheric, multilingual, multiethnic Blackness that rarely figures in depictions of Miami’s celebrated diversity. Witness the changing contours of Miami’s place in the hemispheric South. Journey through the neighborhoods of Read more...

 


ASWAD 2020 Book and Article Prizes

March 25th, 2020

Click Here for More Information The 2020 Rosalyn Terborg-Penn Book Prize of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora For Outstanding Original Scholarship on Gender and Sexuality in the African Diaspora The 2020 Sterling Stuckey Book Prize of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora 2020 Outstanding First Book Prize of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora Outstanding Read more...

 


CFP: Race and Racism: Beyond the Spectacular

March 9th, 2020

As previously announced, Patrice Rankine and Sasha-Mae Eccleston will serve as guest editors of a future issue of TAPA with the theme of race, racism, and Classics (issue 153:1, to appear April 2023). Their detailed call for papers, along with instructions and deadlines for submission, follows. Race and Racism: Beyond the Spectacular the “cultural logic” of lynching enables it to emerge and persist throughout the modern era because its violence “fit” within Read more...

 


The Living Archives of Rwandan Exiles and Genocide Survivors in Canada Project

March 6th, 2020

Born out of the Montreal Life Stories Project, the Living Archives represent both an academic and community-led approach to the narratives of individuals displaced by mass violence. The Living Archives is one of the largest online repositories of life story interviews with Rwandan genocide survivors and exiles in the world. Its value is enhanced by the fact that there is a thick web of inter-connection between the interviewees, revealing the Read more...

 


Bucknell University Press – The Griot Project Book Series – Call for New Book Proposals

February 28th, 2020

Founded by the late Carmen Gillespie, this interdisciplinary book series, associated with Bucknell’s Griot Institute for the Study of Black Lives and Cultures and published by Bucknell University Press, welcomes proposals for new monographs, collections of essays, and select poetry and fiction exploring the aesthetics, history, art, and culture of African America and the African diaspora. Read more...

 


XI Congresso de Pesquisadores/as Negros/as – Curitiba, 9 a 12 de Novembro

February 14th, 2020

La Asociación Brasileña de Investigadores/as Negros/as – ABPN y la Universidad Federal de Paraná (UFPR) tienen la satisfacción de invitar a la comunidad de investigadores/as, profesionales de la educación básica y activistas del movimiento social para el XI Congreso Brasileño de Investigadores/as Negros/as – XI COPENE, evento que ocurrirá del 9 al 12 de noviembre de 2020 en la Universidad Federal de Paraná (UFPR), en la ciudad de Curitiba estado de Paraná. Read more...

 


NEW Afroperuvian Bibliography

February 3rd, 2020

I am pleased to inform you that the Ministry of Culture of Peru has published the book by researcher Rosa Dorival entitled “Afroperuanos, history and culture: a bibliographic account” that brings together the bibliographic references of everything published on Afro-Peruvians. The book is freely accessible and can be consulted at: https://bit.ly/36v2ahv Read more...