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: ,

52,363 Responses to “Methodologies VI: Methodology Manifesto”

  1. Tatlılar önemli ikramlıklardır, ancak bazı tatlı çeşitleri vardır ki onların yapımı kolay olmadığından bazıları uğraşmak istemez bazıları da yapamaz. İşte böyle düşünen kişiler içinde baklava artık internet üzerinden sipariş verilebilecek bir lezzet olmuştur.
    Referans :

  2. Aleenakhan says:

    Escorts Agency provides hot and beautiful call girls from all around Lahore. We provide beautiful call girls with exceptional sexual and communication skills.
    We get the requirements of a wide range of clients, from couples to families to people, and we are devoted to fulfilling every single one of them. Lahore is the city of Pakistan and is among the biggest urban area.

  3. jame white says:

    I found your blog on net and can bookmark it currently. carry on the nice work. As we all know that printer is used all over the world. In the starting, it was just a machine but with the time technology made it quicker and better. Now as you all know the next gen is all about metaverse well how about you check our 3D printers.
    ender 3 v2

  4. The words you use for your blog draws my attention back to your blog once more. I am really impressed by your unique style. This blog has a lot of info for me, and your data is exact.Islamabad girls are well-known for being open-minded and fashion conscious. Their ethnicity and background create a wide range of skin tones, hair color, and eyes. The average height of girls in Islamabad is five feet and two inches. They love to dress up and go on dates! This is a great way to meet a beautiful girl in Islamabad! You will be amazed at how easy it is to find the perfect date for you!

  5. Rosie says:

    Thank you for the information!

  6. diamonduk says:

    Call: +917595811675 our escorts avail this carrier as properly which is quite rare in the mild of the truth that many girls aren’t as open to intercourse as our escorts are.

  7. GOSTOPSITE33 says:

    I was just looking for this information for some time. After six hours of continuous Googleing, finally I got it in your website. I wonder what’s the lack of Google strategy that do not rank this type of informative sites in top of the list. Generally the top sites are full of garbage.

  8. Romio roxx says:

    Nice piece of content, thank you for sharing it. Keep writing keep sharing such a type of content.

  9. Maxwin says:

    Keep it post so i can always follow your blog because this is interesting.

  10. Bedava seks film izle sitemize girerek binlerce sikiş porno video içeriklerine ücretsiz erişim sağlayabilirsiniz dioem sitesi tam sana göre.

  11. turk chat says:

    kaliteli turk chat sitesi

  12. sex khaniya says:

    The blog you have produced is really fantastic and I promise to come again to increase me in knowledge.

  13. thanks…Closest hotel to North Charleston Coliseum wingateinn

  14. inside bc says:

    It is amazing and wonderful to visit your site.Thanks for sharing this information,this is useful to me

  15. Nice post.

    This is exactly what the people think about us because of our good service quality and well behaved paid companion, their attitude, friendly nature and so on, why are you waiting and I really hope that you are going to allow me this |

  16. Bangalore escorts, 8123369453 A magnificent choice for top Nikitha independent Bangalore escorts service. I am here to give you the finest independent escorts in Bangalore.

  17. David John says:

    There are a number of ways to win the Powerball lottery. But the most important is to make sure you are buying a ticket in the first place! 파워볼사이트

  18. meta4d says:

    Keluaran sgp / togel singapore paling update di pengeluaran sgp

  19. en iyi halı yıkama fiyatları burada ben çok memnunum

  20. Review Caesars Casino online

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

  21. You can look through their profiles to find the perfect date. If you don’t have the funds or time to visit several agencies, you can use the internet to find a website that allows you to browse for escorts and then choose the finest one for you.

  22. slotgacor says:

    Very interesting blog, and the content is very amazing. I like this blog very much slot online gacor

  23. mintblues says:

    Order online personalize curtains per your size. custom curtains online for door, windows. Bathroom, living room etc at wholesale manufacturer price in India

  24. Your work is very good and I appreciate you and hopping for some more informative posts.

  25. You make so many great points here that I read your article a couple of times. Your views are in accordance with my own for the most part. This is great content for your readers.

  26. hanks a lot for keeping great stuff. I am very much thankful for this site.

  27. I have bookmarked your website because this site contains valuable information in it. I am really happy with articles quality and presentation.

  28. porno izle says:

    Harika bir sikiş sitesini sizlere önermek istiyorum ayazs sitesinden milf olgun porno filmleri izleyerek seks zevkini en üst seviyede yaşayabilirsiniz.

  29. Islamabad Escorts Services are available to cater to your every whim. They can be booked for private functions, or hired for out-call services. You can also find escorts in the city’s brothels and strip clubs. These women are genuine and ready to please. It is not uncommon for people to hire an escort in Islamabad just for one night. Independent Escorts in Islamabad are available to provide you with beautiful call girls and BDSM. Call girls in the city are available 24 hours a day and are usually extremely attractive. Some are even available around the clock. Contact them today to schedule an escort in your desired location. These escorts in the city can make your night out in Islamabad as special as you desire.

  30. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I’ve truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. After all I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!| agen slot pragmatic

  31. agario says:

    This is truly useful and enjoyable information for everyone. Thank you for sharing this with us, and best wishes.

  32. data analytics courses in bhopal says:

    Positively, generally speaking, particularly interesting post. I was looking for such an information and totally valued the experience of checking this one out. Keep on posting. A commitment of appreciation is all together for analytics courses in bhopal

  33. 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

  34. Cheap Elite Proxies

    I found a great…

  35. MIAN KHALIFA says:

    Escorts are available in Escorts in Private to increase your visibility and make an impression within this City of Lights. A rising rate of crime and a growing need for security and legal companionship has been on the increase. Women of all ages and all kinds of life seek help from Escorts. While the majority are women seeking to satisfy their desires for themselves, most of them are reputable and competent women. They have earned approval and admiration from men through their impeccable moral character. Because their work is demanding, they’re equally adept in their job.

  36. kora star says:

    great article thanks for every thing

  37. Nice blog thanks for sharing, I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from. thanks a lot|

  38. egylive says:

    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.

  39. data science says:

    Very beautiful post, keep posting.

  40. Jaipur escorts are very sexy and hot that any man call falls for them. They all are like fallen angels with lots of magic in their looks and body to show on you.

  41. Jaipur Escorts Extend a Warm Welcome to The World of Erotic Pleasure. We Offer Similar Services Like Jaipur Independent Call Girls.

  42. I am really enjoying reading your well written articles. It looks like you spend a lot of effort and time on your blog. I have bookmarked it and I am looking forward to reading new articles. Keep up the good work. Nice post. I was checking continuously this blog and I am impressed! Extremely useful info particularly the last part 🙂 I care for such information much. I was seeking this particular info for a long time. Thank you and good luck. I don t have the time at the moment to fully read your site but I have bookmarked it and also add your RSS feeds. I will be back in a day or two. thanks for a great site. 토토도메인

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.