The Producing Knowledge In and Of Africa and the African Diaspora Series
Knowledge Production in Africa is a highly contested topic. Recent calls have been made – both within the academy and outside it – to “decolonize” the production and circulation of knowledge about Africa. This controversy has involved new attention to institutional power dynamics in both Africa and the US academy, as well as efforts to reconceptualize key epistemological categories in Afrocentric terms. This workshop invites scholars within the humanities, social sciences and the sciences to investigate and discuss these pressing contemporary concerns.
The workshop focuses on five key themes:
- How does knowledge production about Africa manifest both in different and in convergent ways across disciplines?
- What are the ethical implications and responsibilities of scholars researching Africa in the global North?
- In what ways have scholarly infrastructure – including publishing platforms, institutions, conferences and research networks – emerged in both Africa and the US academy?
- Given the racial injustices embedded in the US and around the world, how might the fields of Black Studies and African Studies collaborate to make sense of the historical and present conjuncture?
- How have the racial and gendered politics surrounding the study of Africa and its diaspora shaped the institutional histories of African Studies and Black Studies at Stanford.
Sponsors: Center for Africa Studies, Stanford Humanities Center, African and African American Studies
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