The overall vision of The Africa Institute is of a globally oriented institution of research, documentation, study and teaching of Africa and its diaspora, in the humanities and social sciences.

The Institute is conceived as a research based think-tank, and a postgraduate studies institution (offering both Masters and Ph.D. programs), which aims to train a new generation of critical thinkers in African and African diaspora studies. The Africa Institute  aims to be a model center of excellence in research, teaching, and documentation that is hoped to match in quality and breadth of coverage, existing peer of African and African Diaspora Studies in Africa, Europe, and North America.

 

The conception of The Africa Institute emanates from a basic premise that African Studies is a global enterprise, rather than one narrowly constrained by geography or territorial boundaries. The fact on the ground is that the Arab Gulf region is one of mixed populations, in which cultural exchanges manifested in an impressive variety of processes and patterns pertaining to borrowing and assimilation, forced and voluntary migrations, and adaptive strategies, none of which can be fully understood without incorporating Africa into the analysis.

 

The Africa Institute is uniquely positioned to further analysis of these linkages by illuminating larger African and Gulf ties, like those powerfully demonstrated in the historiography of the Indian Ocean Rim. At once, the Institute envisions larger global processes and knowledge circuits in relation to Africa and its diaspora. In particular, the last two decades have also witnessed rising scholarly interests in the study of new frontiers of African Diaspora studies. These include lesser-explored aspects of the African Diaspora in the Spanish speaking Caribbean (such as Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Mexico), Latin America including Brazil, in addition to the Black British experience and recent African migrations and diasporas in Europe and the Middle East. These developments will certainly play a part in reconfiguring and revisiting the field and expanding its scope, and by extension, the scholarly focuses and curricula of the new Africa Institute. The Africa Institute hopes to both engage with as well as shape these new paradigms of thought in ways that will ensure its place at the forefront of African studies for years to come.

The Institute is conceived as a research based think-tank, and a postgraduate studies institution (offering both Masters and Ph.D. programs), which aims to train a new generation of critical thinkers in African and African diaspora studies. The Africa Institute  aims to be a model center of excellence in research, teaching, and documentation that is hoped to match in quality and breadth of coverage, existing peer of African and African Diaspora Studies in Africa, Europe, and North America.

The Institute is conceived as a research based think-tank, and a postgraduate studies institution (offering both Masters and Ph.D. programs), which aims to train a new generation of critical thinkers in African and African diaspora studies. The Africa Institute  aims to be a model center of excellence in research, teaching, and documentation that is hoped to match in quality and breadth of coverage, existing peer of African and African Diaspora Studies in Africa, Europe, and North America.

 

The conception of The Africa Institute emanates from a basic premise that African Studies is a global enterprise, rather than one narrowly constrained by geography or territorial boundaries. The fact on the ground is that the Arab Gulf region is one of mixed populations, in which cultural exchanges manifested in an impressive variety of processes and patterns pertaining to borrowing and assimilation, forced and voluntary migrations, and adaptive strategies, none of which can be fully understood without incorporating Africa into the analysis.

 

The Africa Institute is uniquely positioned to further analysis of these linkages by illuminating larger African and Gulf ties, like those powerfully demonstrated in the historiography of the Indian Ocean Rim. At once, the Institute envisions larger global processes and knowledge circuits in relation to Africa and its diaspora. In particular, the last two decades have also witnessed rising scholarly interests in the study of new frontiers of African Diaspora studies. These include lesser-explored aspects of the African Diaspora in the Spanish speaking Caribbean (such as Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Mexico), Latin America including Brazil, in addition to the Black British experience and recent African migrations and diasporas in Europe and the Middle East. These developments will certainly play a part in reconfiguring and revisiting the field and expanding its scope, and by extension, the scholarly focuses and curricula of the new Africa Institute. The Africa Institute hopes to both engage with as well as shape these new paradigms of thought in ways that will ensure its place at the forefront of African studies for years to come.

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