The dynamics of Africology (Pan African, African American, Black, Afro-American, and African Diaspora Studies) in academia.

Author:Carroll, Karanja Keita

This special edition of The Journal of Pan African Studies, a peer reviewed publication, explores the dynamics of Africology (Pan African, African American, Black, Afro-American and African Diaspora Studies) within modern academia. The authors investigate many of the philosophical, conceptual, structural and ideological arguments that undergird research within Africology. As the discipline of Africology develops into an autonomous academic entity, it is essential that scholars of the discipline continue to revisit and formulate new argumentation arguments based on the nature of this dynamic academic discipline. Most of the contributors herein are currents students and recent graduates of the first Ph.D. program in African American Studies at Temple University, and have thus added new dimensions to old and reoccurring arguments essential in the process of discipline construction.

Carroll's "Africana Studies and Research Methodology: Revisiting the Centrality of the Afrikan Worldview," investigates the central role that the Afrikan worldview has played within the historical development of Afrikan-centered research within certain schools of thought in Africana Studies. As an attempt to advance a discipline-specific methodology within Africana Studies, Carroll argues that we must continuously engage the philosophical issues which undergird the autonomous academic entity that we refer to as Africana Studies, and by extension, Africology.

Similarly, Sekmet Ra Em Kht Maat's "An Essay on God as the Bicameral Mind: Implications for Africological Research," engages the initial arguments around Afrocentricity and Afrology (Africology) made by Molefi Kete Asante. Maat's critical investigation of Asante's arguments attempts to advance an expansive discussion of an Afrocentric philosophical framework that moves beyond location and/or subject/agent theories.

"There's No Place like 'Home': Mining the Theoretical Terrain of Black Women's Studies, Black Queer Studies and Black Studies" by Kaila Adia Story engages the important intersection between Black Studies, Black Women's Studies and Black Queer Studies. Most importantly, Story advances the argument that "home" is Black Studies and it is in the interest of scholars within the discipline to move beyond their sexist and heterosexist boundaries that have historically been stumbling blocks for the development of a wholistic analysis of Africana life, history and culture. Yaba Amgborale Blay's "All the 'Africans' are Men,...

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