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Title:The rise of African Studies (USA) and the transnational study of Africa
Author:Martin, William G.ISNI
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Geographic terms:Africa
United States
Subjects:African studies
professional associations
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/african_studies_review/v054/54.1.martin.pdf
Abstract:Among Africanists, one of the remarkable events of 1957 was the founding of the African Studies Association. Commentaries on the association's history are slight and understandably celebratory. Exploration of archival and related sources, however, reveals considerable uncertainty and struggle over the construction of the field in the 1950s and 1960s. Those sources range across changing continental, colonial, and racial boundaries and reveal racialized relationships among US scholars and especially foundation officials, British scholars and colonial officials, and, in unexpected ways, scholars in Africa and particularly South Africa. This essay traces the interplay of these forces and the demise of the transnational study of Africa in this period and points briefly toward today's uncertain future for the study of Africa. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]