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Inaugural Semester of the Africana Graduate Seminar Fall 2019

In Fall 2019, 6 students from 5 disciplines kicked off the first offering of the Graduate Seminar in Africana Studies, taught by Prof. Kim D. Butler.  The course introduces the history and key debates of the discipline of Africana Studies, and then moves through a series of selected issues such as race, diaspora, gender and politics, and popular culture.  The course also gives students the opportunity to interact with specialists participating in the Africana graduate faculty through guest visits; the Fall lineup included Drs. Zaire Dinzey-Flores (Sociology/Latinx & Caribbean Studies), Carolyn Brown (History), Akissi Britton (Africana Studies/Anthropology), and Brittney Cooper (Women & Gender Studies/History/Africana Studies). Throughout the semester, students choose readings related to their dissertation projects, culminating in a final paper exploring that facet of their dissertation through an Africana lens. Pictured here are the inaugural class (clockwise from left): Endia Hayes (Sociology), Danny Underwood (Philosophy), Milton Achelpohl (WGS), Tim McGhee (Anthropology), Dr. Kim Butler, Feruza Berhane (WGS), and IMG 3807 1Molly O'Connor (Education).



Open Call for Manuscripts: Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships

(rolling submissions deadlines)


The Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships is devoted to addressing the epistemological, ontological, and social construction of sexual expression and relationships of persons within the African diaspora. The journal seeks to take into account the transhistorical substrates that subsume behavioral, affective, and cognitive functioning of persons of African descent as well as those who educate or clinically serve this important population. Quantitative, qualitative, and conceptual, articles, book reviews, and letters to the editor address various cultural substrates (e.g., age, race, gender, sexual orientation/identities, ability, spirituality, etc.) that intersect or weave themselves in/out of sexual expression, romantic relationships, and/or friendships. Interdisciplinary in nature, the journal includes perspectives from a variety of fields including psychology, sociology, education, psychiatry, human development, social work, social policy, and anthropology.


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