The African Diaspora And The Disciplines

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EditorTejumola Olaniyan, James H. SweetbyMoyo Okediji

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Focusing on the problems and conflicts of doing African diaspora research from various disciplinary perspectives, these essays situate, describe, and reflect on the current practice of diaspora scholarship. Tejumola Olaniyan, James H. Sweet, and the international group of contributors assembled here seek to enlarge understanding of how the diaspora is conceived and explore possibilities for the future of its study. With the aim of initiating interdisciplinary dialogue on the practice of African diaspora studies, they emphasize learning from new perspectives that take advantage of intersections between disciplines. Ultimately, they advocate a fuller sense of what it means to study the African diaspora in a truly global way.

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Focusing on the problems and conflicts of doing African diaspora research from various disciplinary perspectives, these essays situate, describe, and reflect on the current practice of diaspora scholarship. Tejumola Olaniyan, James H. Sweet, and the international group of contributors assembled here seek to enlarge understanding of how...

Tejumola Olaniyan is the Louise Durham Mead Professor of English and African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is author of Arrest the Music! (IUP, 2004).James H. Sweet is Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is author of Recreating Africa: Culture, Kinship, and R...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.88 inPublished:June 4, 2010Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction / Tejumola Olaniyan and James H. Sweet

Part 1. Histories
1. Clio and the Griot: The African Diaspora in the Discipline of History / Kim D. Butler
2. African Diaspora and Anthropology / Richard Price
3. How Genetics Can Provide Detail to the Transatlantic African Diaspora / Fatimah L. C. Jackson and Latifa F. J. Borgelin
4. Landscapes and Places of Memory: African Diaspora Research and Geography / Judith A. Carney
5. African Diaspora in Archaeology / Theresa A. Singleton

Part 2. Social Sciences
6. Caribbean Sociology, Africa, and the African Diaspora / Paget Henry
7. African Diaspora and Political Science / Robert Fatton Jr.
8. The African Diaspora and Philosophy / Olúfémi Táíwò

Part 3. Arts and Culture
9. "Function at the Junction"? African Diaspora Studies and Theater Studies / Sandra L. Richards
10. Ethnomusicology and the African Diaspora / Melvin L. Butler
11. Semioptics of Africana Art History / Moyo Okediji
12. Out of Context: Thinking Cultural Studies Diasporically / Grant Farred

Part 4. Diaspora Contexts
13. African Diaspora Studies in the Creole-Anglophone Caribbean: A Perspective from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica / Carolyn Cooper
14. South Africa's Elusive Quest for an African Identity: The Ironies of a South AfricaLed African Renaissance / Xolela Mangcu
15. "Black Folk Here and There": Repositioning Other(ed) African Diaspora(s) in/and "Europe" / Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe

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"The volume as a whole reflects a courageous effort: it goes beyond empirical specifics of the African diaspora to provide an interim report on intellectual work crossing the boundaries of national units and disciplinary boxes." -Journal of African History, Vol. 52.2, 2011