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African Diaspora, Atlantic Studies

This group explores the role of African and African-descended peoples in shaping global (and particularly Atlantic) histories.  Central to such a project is the study of slavery and colonization and their variegated legacies on both sides of the Atlantic.  Members of our group are also concerned with the relationship between race and nation in the Americas, as well as broader questions of the constitution, mediation, and interaction of black subjectivities across the globe.  We focus on historical processes, such as labor migrations, anticolonial movements, and circuits of intellectual and cultural production that highlight the connections among local, national, and transnational contexts.  In all these pursuits, we maintain abiding interest in often closely linked questions of citizenship, rights consciousness, race, gender, sexuality, and culture.