These sessions will apply sociological thought to the analysis of contributions and struggles of people of African descent globally. From the works of W.E.B. Du Bois, C.L.R. James, Eric Williams, Oliver Cox, Cheikh Anta Diop, Frantz Fanon, Amilcar Cabral, Walter Rodney, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Ngugi wa Thiongo, Stuart Hall, Claude Ake, Ifi Amadiume, Paul Gilroy, Nkiru Nzegwu, Oyeronke Oyewumi, Angela Davis, and many more, it is clear that people of African descent have made immense contributions to the Africana-centered understanding of the world that can only be neglected at the expense of the disciplines of Sociology and Africana Studies. We invite papers that focus on the definition of culture, not as a chosen consensual way of life contrary to colonial anthropology but, as a contested means of struggles against oppressive conditions and for the decolonization of the global African world for the benefit of all despite, or because of, the resilience of ethnic-race-class-gender articulation of power in societies structured in racist-imperialist-patriarchal dominance. We deliberately call for papers on Africana Sociology as a gentle nudge to the ASA to abandon the colonialist Areas Studies approach and embrace the multidisciplinary revolution led by students of African descent and their supporters in the community against all forms of Eurocentrism by welcoming contributions to the Africana paradigm from all locations of the global African presence rather than continue with the atomizing and colonialist division and weakening of the field with a narrow focus on the homeland as an exotic area of imperialist Orientalism. We invite contributions from scholars who are interested in, but not limited to, the struggles and achievements of people of African descent globally in the areas of social institutions such as the family, education, politics, the economy, religions and spirituality, arts and literature, science and technology, medicine, agriculture, transportation, the media, violence and non-violence, civil and human rights, criminology and criminal justice, ethnic-race-class-gender intersectionality or articulation, sexuality, sports, fashion, cinema, and all areas of human behavior in group relationships involving people of African descent – Africana Sociology.
Proposals can be emailed to Dr. Biko Agozino agozino[at]vt.edu and Dr. Assata Zerai zerai[at]unm.edu by March 31.