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Title:A Future with a Past: Resurrecting the Study of Africa in the Post-Africanist Era
Authors:West, Michael O.
Martin, William G.
Periodical:Africa Today
Geographic terms:Africa
United States
Subjects:African studies
Education and Oral Traditions
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4187175
Abstract:The coalescence of a number of forces strongly suggests that African Studies in the United States has little place in either the emerging academic order or among those who remain committed to Africa. While the bureaucratic shell of African Studies might remain in place for quite some time, Africanists' resources, legitimacy, and scholarly paradigms are withering. The authors argue that efforts to sustain African Studies as it has been historically constituted are bound to fail - and thus represent a dangerous path to follow. Students and supporters of Africa would be well advised to think boldly and search for different paths. To move toward this requires rethinking the study of 'Africa' and how it has and can be approached. There is potentially a far better future ahead for the study of Africa, one that recaptures the best of the pre-Africanist past while it engages new transcontinental trends in contemporary intellectual and cultural life. Ref. (Response by Christopher C. Lowe in: Africa Today, vol. 44, no. 4 (1997), p. 385-421, with a reply by West and Martin in: Africa Today, vol. 45, no. 1 (1998), p. 63-69.)