Methodologies VI: Methodology Manifesto

Africana studies has the singular history of being a field that is both personal and academic. It is a field where possibility and malleability reign supreme. For students whose vocational education purposely and systematically excluded the histories, literature, and art of Africana peoples, Africana studies could serve as a second education, a (hopefully) diasporic family history.  For students who have grown up in predominantly white spaces, Africana programs have the capacity to serve as a quest for a reimagined and realized black self. The field has transformative power as it is the reflection of self, the world, and it’s future. However it’s this mixture of the personal and academic that has proved to be both the field’s point of success and failure.

Like many of the scholars who pondered the future of Africana studies, I too feel that Africana studies, as I’ve experienced it, has focused excessively on deconstructing white supremacist and hegemonic thought and practice (Rabaka, Africana Critical Theory). For survey courses in the discipline this focus on deconstruction is not only important but also necessary.  However, the study should move past this stasis. As students plunge deeper into the field, the focus should also deepen. I suggest that courses include the radical thought that is explored in black feminism and womanism, modern articles/videos/and or movements (digital or otherwise), or rarely called upon texts that complicate or reformulate daily black life.

Furthermore Africana study both in survey and major courses need to incorporate an international narrative. Here I do not mean a simple additive course of action that tokenizes Afro-Latino, Afro-European, and African thought (Higginbotham, Designing an Inclusive Curriculum). I mean an infusing of various scholars from these regions at the inception of Africana education. Because Africana studies is the intersection of the personal and the political, American institutions often have ignored or bypassed other texts because they see them as irrelevant to their national narrative. We must not only be cognizant of this failing but also realize that our experiences are a part of a larger dialogue. If Africana studies wishes to continue being the transformative field it is, it must implement this change. This would inhibit our theories from being too Americentric and would encourage future endeavors to truly encapsulate the African diaspora. It would also even cover the aforementioned point of finding new/radical thinkers instead of regurgitation of ‘classic texts’.

And we can’t stop there. As Africana is an interdisciplinary field, its reach should even extend to quantitative data. Similar to Psychological Statistics, an Africana Studies and Statistics course would teach not only the formulation of numbers but also the ways in which statistics are manipulated in various studies in relation to Africana peoples. The class would effectively prepare students to use this quantitative practice in future research, and further integrate Africana studies in other quantitatively drive fields.

Ultimately I’m calling for a breath of new life into the field. An understanding of the passage of time and shortcomings that feeds the future of Africana studies. We need to incorporate black women, international radical thought, quantitative study, digital media, sex and sexuality, and the arts as all necessary and integral subjects to this field. I’m calling for the cessation of additive education in favor of whole-hearted inclusion. For we are not where we were when Africana Studies began. We should no longer centralize white theory and black male radicalism in our work. As we are expanding our community our study should too. We must move past deconstruction in order to build lasting education for our youth.

Word count: 589

Works Cited

Higginbotham, Elizabeth. “Designing an Inclusive Curriculum: Bringing All Women Into the Core,” Words of Fire. Print. The New Press: New York, NY. 1995.  480

Rabaka, Reiland. “Africana Critical Theory: Overcoming the Aversion to New Theory and New Praxis in Africana Studies and Critical Social Theory”.

 

Tags: ,

57,065 Responses to “Methodologies VI: Methodology Manifesto”

  1. Setiap kata dalam artikel ini begitu dalam maknanya. Sangat menginspirasi dan memberikan semangat baru! DURABELT EP 125 Rubber Conveyor Belts 5 Ply BW 1000

  2. SLOT ONLINE INDONESIA says:

    Online games are very popular games nowadays, there are lots of online game fans from children to adults, therefore here we have very interesting games to play. If you want to play it, please visit our website https://irb-online.com/

  3. Every click on this website is a moment of delight. It’s like exploring Bostoto

  4. Every click on this website is a moment of delight. It’s like exploring a virtual treasure trove! Bostoto

  5. menara188 says:

    MENARA188: The Best and Most Trusted Gacor Slot Site in Indonesia

  6. menara188 says:

    MENARA188 : Situs Slot Gacor Terbaik dan Terpercaya di Indonesia

  7. As a student juggling multiple assignments, I often find myself overwhelmed. Thankfully, Assignment Help came to my rescue, offering timely assistance and expert guidance when I needed it the most. With their support, I was able to submit high-quality assignments that exceeded my professor’s expectations. I highly recommend Assignment Help to anyone seeking reliable academic assistance. Their professionalism and dedication truly set them apart from the rest.

  8. online search for call girls in Ranchi and fulfill your sexual fantasies. We have a 5 star rated service that helps our clients to get high class Service.
    http://www.ranchicallgirls.net

  9. Show your customers exactly what they want to see an objective and clear scope of the service you will provide. Subcontractors

  10. asiahoki77 says:

    The quality of asiahoki77 product is very good anda can inspiration people to become rich.

  11. SLOT ONLINE INDONESIA says:

    With a wide selection of interesting and exciting games you can enjoy an exciting and amazing playing experience, here we have a very interesting online game site and of course it has lots of features that you can play, if you want to play please visit our website https://smwmaf.com/

  12. Money paid for rent is money that you’ll never see again, but paying month over month and year over year lets you build equity ownership interest in your home. The Continuum

  13. pp gandhi says:

    Discover the thrilling world of online gaming at Play247, where a wide variety of games catered to all player types are available.

  14. 喪家禁忌 says:

    We call families who are dealing with bereavement arrangements due to the death of a loved one a bereaved family. 喪家禁忌

  15. See all the available escorts Mumbai. The photos are 100% genuine and real. Check out pur gallery to make your selection.
    https://www.vipmumbaiescorts.net

  16. aa says:

    I’m glad to see the great detail here!. SLIM GOTAS

  17. paresh says:

    We invite you to join the Reddyana book family and experience the thrill of online betting at its finest. With Lotus365, you’re not just choosing a betting platform; you’re choosing a partner committed to providing you with an exceptional betting journey.

  18. bayubongor says:

    great inspiring article
    qqnusa slot

  19. A symphony of pixels and code, this website is a masterpiece of the digital age. Bostoto

  20. nick says:

    Experience excellence with a leading website providing curated content, actionable advice, and interactive features tailored to your interests Oke4d

  21. Saya suka bagaimana penulisannya begitu mengalir dan mudah dipahami. Sangat bermanfaat! Genset Genpac Open / Silent Cummins 250 kVA GC250

  22. vasi says:

    Explore a top-tier website delivering comprehensive resources, cutting-edge research, and practical guides to empower your personal and professional growth Oke4d

  23. bigdewa rtp says:

    Big thanks for your info
    bigdewa rtp

  24. silva says:

    Discover a premium online platform offering insightful articles, expert opinions, and engaging multimedia content on trending topics Oke4d

  25. Messigol33 says:

    Messigol 33 adalah situs judi online yang aman dan terpercaya yang menyediakan berbagai jenis permainan slot gacor terbaik. Dengan reputasi yang baik di kalangan para pemain judi online, Messigol33 telah menjadi pilihan utama bagi mereka yang mencari pengalaman berjudi yang menyenangkan dan menguntungkan.

  26. Biogenix Gummies Reviews

    like water for chocolate » Blog Archive » Methodologies VI: Methodology Manifesto

  27. Hello, I am Call Girls Chandigarh, a professional and discreet companion service provider in Chandigarh. With a team of elegant and charming ladies, we offer top-notch services to discerning clients looking for companionship. Our priority is to ensure your satisfaction and provide a memorable experience. Whether you are seeking a dinner date, travel companion, or intimate encounter, Call Girls Chandigarh is here to fulfill your desires.

  28. Hello, I am Call Girls Chandigarh, a professional and discreet companion service provider in Chandigarh. With a team of elegant and charming ladies, we offer top-notch services to discerning clients looking for companionship. Our priority is to ensure your satisfaction and provide a memorable experience. Whether you are seeking a dinner date, travel companion, or intimate encounter, Call Girls Chandigarh is here to fulfill your desires.

  29. Hello, I am Call Girls Mumbai, a professional and experienced provider of companionship services in the vibrant city of Mumbai. With a focus on discretion and customer satisfaction, I offer a personalized and unforgettable experience for my clients. Whether you are looking for a night out on the town or a quiet evening in, I am dedicated to making your time with me memorable and enjoyable.

  30. Discover More

    like water for chocolate » Blog Archive » Methodologies VI: Methodology Manifesto

  31. Tulisan yang sangat berbobot! Sangat menginspirasi dan memberikan wawasan yang berharga. Terima kasih! DURABELT EP 125 Rubber Conveyor Belts 5 Ply BW 800

  32. Hello, I am Call Girls Mumbai, a professional and experienced provider of companionship services in the vibrant city of Mumbai. With a focus on discretion and customer satisfaction, I offer a personalized and unforgettable experience for my clients. Whether you are looking for a night out on the town or a quiet evening in, I am dedicated to making your time with me memorable and enjoyable.

  33. Balaksix says:

    Balaksix adalah situs judi online yang aman dan terpercaya yang menyediakan berbagai jenis permainan slot gacor terbaik. Dengan reputasi yang baik di kalangan para pemain judi online, Balaksix telah menjadi pilihan utama bagi mereka yang mencari pengalaman berjudi yang menyenangkan dan menguntungkan.

  34. Artikel ini begitu mengena dan memberikan sudut pandang yang berbeda. Sangat bermanfaat bagi saya! DURABELT EP 125 Rubber Conveyor Belts 5 Ply BW 600

  35. indoslot88 says:

    The indoslot88 will bring you the inspiration to become rich and will training you to get a better income in 2024

  36. Wow, ini adalah salah satu artikel terbaik yang pernah saya baca. Sangat menginspirasi dan memotivasi. Terima kasih! DURABELT EP 125 Rubber Conveyor Belts 5 Ply BW 600

  37. Deducationist says:

    if you want Visa Consultancy Services In Pakistan, look for the best as it decides your future, look up to te best, look up to Deducationist.

  38. Mbloging says:

    Get the best info about the digital world by clicking this link http://www.mbloging.com

  39. Howdy, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam comments? If so how do you protect against it, any plugin or anything you can recommend? I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any support is very much appreciated. patio cleaning in dundee

  40. 360 video says:

    Wideo360 | 360 Video Booth – Selfie Booth video 360, 360 video booth, video booth, selfie booth, booth video360 video booth

  41. techchuchu says:

    Technology Evolution & Breaking Tech News

  42. Tech Masteries is a leading tech media property, dedicated to profiling startups, technology evolution, reviewing new tech products, and breaking tech news.

  43. LifestyleNetWorth strives to provide accurate and authentic information about celebrities and prominent peoples, including their biography, net worth, lifestyle, Age, Height, and more.

  44. Cars Fellow says:

    Cars Fellow allows the reader to easily find the content about serious automotive research. We bring you the latest cars news, cars reviews, car tips and guides from the automobile industry.

  45. Watching the fastest cars in the world race is an exhilarating experience for all. Their speed is mind-blowing, keeping us all captivated. And the best part? They keep getting faster, making each race even more thrilling. It’s a competition like no other, with everyone eager to see which car will claim the coveted title of the fastest car in the world.

  46. Soap2day says:

    Are you shelling out cash to watch shows online? Save your money! Instead of paying for streaming services, head over to Soap2Day. They’ve got thousands of HD quality, totally free, and no ads.

  47. Colorado football schedule is your source for college and pro football schedules. We love football and enjoy compiling current and future football schedules for the fans.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.