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: ,

10,312 Responses to “Methodologies VI: Methodology Manifesto”

  1. This is a great thing, I think everyone feels this information is very valuable,
    thank you

  2. Bigg Boss 16 Will start from October 2022. Bigg Boss 16 Registration will be start from March 2022.
    Contestant List will be given you like always online vooting process bigg boss 16 watch live free.

  3. Nishakohli says:

    You are going to enjoy this a lot more than what you can expect.
    http://kolkataescort.org

  4. Ho scoperto un sito eccellente in cui avrai accesso a molti nuovi contenuti di sesso, dovresti provarlo subito. Dai un’occhiata a molti video brazzers video porno gratis ora, guardali gratuitamente.

  5. You never really let me down. I really enjoyed seeing you write such great articles.

  6. Il sito HD sesso gratis, dove vengono pubblicati i migliori video sesso gratis, potrebbe interessarti e puoi esaminarlo immediatamente.

  7. Il sito HD sesso gratis, dove vengono pubblicati i migliori video porno video erotico, potrebbe interessarti e puoi esaminarlo immediatamente.

  8. Captivating post. I Have Been contemplating about this issue, so an obligation of appreciation is all together to post. Completely cool post.It ‘s greatly extraordinarily OK and Useful post.Thanks 사설토토사이트
    bb

  9. domino link says:

    Really from my heart thanks guys! this are great Information, Please check this out! Vavabet

  10. Vava4d says:

    Really from my heart thanks guys! this are great Information, Please check this out! Vava4d

  11. scsc says:

    light it up like dynamite Superbola

  12. slotgacor says:

    I like this blog very much, it’s very amazing and the content is very interesting slot gacor

  13. I want to leave a little comment to support and wish you the best of luck. we wish you the best of luck in all your blogging enedevors

  14. data science says:

    Excellent blog, thanks for sharing.

  15. Thank you for posting such an informative blog. If you want to learn digital marketing then you can visit our website:- https://indorewebexpert.com/

  16. Thanks for sharing such a valuable content. Please bring more content for us.
    Please Visit my site for checking knowledge.
    ISO 27001 Certification

  17. Data HK iyalah salah satu faktor penentu dalam bermain togel hk.

  18. Supsis WebChat canlı destek sistemini kullanarak sitenizi ziyarete gelen müşteri ve potansiyel müşterilerinizi anlık olarak karşılayabilirsiniz ve iletişim kurabilirsiniz.Ücretsiz canlı destek Supsis ile Milyonlarca kişiyle iletişimde kalın..www.supsis.com

  19. Joe says:

    Amazing article and what a great information.
    Keep posting, and keep sharing Bonanza88 thank you.

  20. Nice information, Everything is very open with a clear clarification of the issues. It was truly informative. Your site is useful. Thank you for sharing!|

  21. Anindya says:

    You delivered such an impressive piece to read

  22. Happy to visit your blog, I am by all accounts forward to more solid articles and I figure we as a whole wish to thank such huge numbers of good articles, blog to impart to us.

  23. agar.io says:

    hello very nice post online agario game You can do clan wars with your friends, if you want to prove yourself, let’s meet at agarioonline

  24. agario online the game of children who want to spend time.students’ favorite game.Grow by eating your opponents.get fat and don’t fit in the map.

  25. Whether you’re looking for a male or a female escort, a female model will cater to your every need. While male and Lahore Escorts have different requirements, female sex escorts are the perfect choice for many people. They can help you meet your future spouse, or just be your companion in love! The best part of hiring an a model?

  26. Your posts are jam-packed with information that is both honest and timely. Your writing style appeals to me and is simple to comprehend. Keep up the good work, and I’ll be back to learn more. New best Hindi and English Sex Stories for free, Indian sexy stories daily, hot girls, bhabhi and aunties. फ्री सेक्स कहानी ka मजा लें.
    sex stories hindi

  27. Gacor88 says:

    amazing information, kindly to check Gacor88

  28. jack says:

    In search of the best exotic medical marijuana strain online our cookies dispensary is here to serve your daily needs . At cookies dispensary your satisfaction is our priority .
    https://cookiesextracts.com/product/raw-garden-carts/

  29. Dış mekan söz konusu olduğunda yapabileceklerinizin bir sınırı yok, fakat uygun olan malzemenin uygun alana yerleştirilmesi çok önemlidir. Özellikle oturduğunuz bölgenin temiz kalmasını istiyorsanız mutlaka dış mekan çöp kovaları olmalıdır. Bu sayede çöpler rastgele her tarafa değil tek bir yerde toplanmış olur. Kötü koku, kötü görüntünün yanı sıra hijyen açısından da bunlara çok dikkat edilmesi gereklidir.
    Referans : https://sahanpark.com/

  30. Hettie Mahraun

    I found a great…

  31. Madlyn Eberhardt

    I found a great…

  32. Rosie Sittre

    I found a great…

  33. elitepassion says:

    Africana studies has the singular history of being a field that is both personal and academic.

  34. Nice blog, I really like reading a post that can make people think. Also, thank you for permitting me to comment

  35. I’m very happy to look at your publish. Thanks a lot. I appreciated your blog. Thank you for the information and sharing. Desirable activity is excellent for good fortune

  36. ❤️❤️❤️❤️I am Amisha, an independent chandigarh call girl, and I’m here to serve you. You will have one of the finest orgasms of your life, I guarantee it. Book me at any moment at the most reasonable price.

  37. Radhe 360 says:

    Good work friend I read some articles that you posted in your blog. Thanks for posting such posts here.
    Review My website give some feedback on Status-Video.Com

  38. Joe says:

    What a nice information, great article.
    Keep spirit on posting https://joelamantia.com/ thank you.

  39. Your blog is particularly gigantic and tremendous.

  40. Mavi Gizem says:

    Yaşamın gizemli yönüne dair merak ettiğiniz herşeyi burada bulabilirsiniz

  41. “Extraordinarily new! Some extraordinarily sensible center interests! I’m especially appreciative that
    you made this article, different pieces of the site are all things considered extraordinary. 토토사이트

  42. Türkçe Yama İndir güncel oyun dil yamaları indirebilirsiniz.

  43. totoguy says:

    Found your post interesting to read. I can’t wait to see your post soon. Good Luck for the upcoming update. This article is really very interesting and effective. 스포츠토토사이트

  44. totovi says:

    Excellent blog you have here.. It’s hard to find good quality writing like yours these days. I truly appreciate individuals like you! Take care! 사설토토사이트

  45. Curabitur cursus risus odio, in imperdiet urna commodo ac. Aenean dui nulla, lobortis quis scelerisque at,

  46. Hello! This is the information I was looking for. I’ve been following your site for a while now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give
    you a shout out from New Caney Tx! 토토사이트

  47. radyo sohbet says:

    müzik dinlemek ve keyifli dakikalar yaşamak mı istiyorsunuz ? işte radyo sohbet odalarımız sizlere bunu yaşatmaktadır. Sizlerde sohbet odalarımıza gelerek radyomuzda müzikler dinleyebilir eğlenceli zamanlar geçirebilirsiniz. Hadi sizleri de radyo chat odalarımıza bekliyoruz.

  48. sohbet says:

    sohbet yapmak için insanların en çok tercih ettikleri sohbet odalarının başında gelen sohbet keyfim sohbet odaları sizleri de her zaman burada beklemektedir. Sohbet yaparak arkadaşlıklar edinen bir çok kişinin tercihi olmaktadır. Hadi sizlerde radyo sohbet odalarına gelerek katılın.

  49. I want to leave a little comment to support and wish you the best of luck. we wish you the best of luck in all your blogging enedevors

  50. I want to leave a little comment to support and wish you the best of luck. we wish you the best of luck in all your blogging enedevors

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *