The Discipline of Africana Studies
As a field of study, Africana Studies analyzes the history, cultures, modes of political thought and social movements engendered by the freedom struggles of black people. It engages as well the unfinished work of achieving fully enfranchised forms of citizenship and the many forms of expressive culture African diasporic communities have created and inspired as articulations of their histories, experiences, and struggles. In so doing, Africana Studies trains students in the analytical tools necessary for rigorous and culturally sensitive analyses of racial formation both historically and in contemporary societies
In June 2019, Africana Chair, Professor Yvette Christianse participated in an interdisciplinary workshop, 'Ilha de Mozambique: Thinking Oceanically/Pensando a Partir do Oceano. The workshop was organized by the Oceanic Humanties for the Global South initiative in collaboration with the Maputo-based independent research institute, Kaleidoscopio.
Kaleidoscopio – Research in Public Policies and Culture is an independent research institution based in Maputo. Established in 2012 by a the group of researchers, artists, and practitioners Kaleidoscopio uses research, training, and public engagement activities to build bridges between everyday experiences and public policy.
Professor Christianse is a Summer 2019 Research Fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies.
In recognition of the 400th anniversary of the American slave trade, officially recognized as August 1619, the complicated history that followed is unpacked.
Each spring, Barnard College presents selected faculty with awards to honor their commitment to exceptional teaching and research.