The Future of Black Studies (Paperback)
At a turning point for the growing field of Black Studies, one of its founders looks to its future
'A timely, future-oriented and necessary contribution which provides clarity to the multivalent tendencies in this field' - Carole Boyce Davies
The marginalization of Black voices from the academy is a problem in the Western world. But Black Studies, where it exists, is a powerful, boundary-pushing discipline, grown out of struggle and community action. Here, Abdul Alkalimat, one of the founders of Black Studies in the US, presents a reimagining of the future trends in the study of the Black experience.
Taking Marxism and Black Experientialism, Afro-Futurist and Diaspora frameworks, he projects a radical future for the discipline at this time of social crisis. Choosing cornerstones of culture, such as the music of Sun Ra, the movie Black Panther and the writer Octavia Butler, he looks at the trajectory of Black liberation thought since slavery, including new research on the rise in the comparative study of Black people all over the world.
Turning to look at how digital tools enhance the study of the discipline, this book is a powerful read that will inform and inspire students and activists.
Vusi Mchunu a.k.a. Macingwane, South African poet, Chairperson of the Freedom Park Council
'Written by one of its founding fathers, the book places Black Studies at the intersection of American history, progressive social movements and academia. Abdul Alkalimat builds on a life-long commitment, decades of research and a global network to provide unique insights'
Nii Addy, German-Ghanaian Political Scientist
'A timely, future-oriented and necessary contribution which provides clarity to the multi-valent tendencies in this field. Abdul Akalimiat, a long-standing practitioner and labourer in the trenches offers an updated and much-needed inquiry'
Carole Boyce Davies, prize winning author and Professor of Africana Studies and Literatures in English at Cornell University