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The Future of Black Studies

The Future of Black Studies

by Abdul Alkalimat

At a turning point for the growing field of Black Studies, one of its founders looks to its future

The marginalisation of Black voices from the academy is a problem in the Western world. But Black Studies, where it exists, is a powerful, boundary-pushing discipline, grown out of struggle and community action. Here, Abdul Alkalimat, one of the founders of Black Studies in the US, presents a reimagining of the future trends in the study of the Black experience.

Taking Marxism and Black Experientialism, Afro-Futurist and Diaspora frameworks, he projects a radical future for the discipline at this time of social crisis. Choosing cornerstones of culture, such as the music of Sun Ra, the movie Black Panther and the writer Octavia Butler, he looks at the trajectory of Black liberation thought since slavery, including new research on the rise in the comparative study of Black people all over the world.

Turning to look at how digital tools enhance the study of the discipline, this book is a powerful read that will inform and inspire students and activists.

Abdul Alkalimat is a founder of the field of Black Studies and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. A lifelong scholar-activist with a PhD from the University of Chicago, he has lectured, taught and directed academic programs across the US, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and China. His activism extends from having been chair of the Chicago chapter of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the 1960s, to a co-founder of the Black Radical Congress in 1998.

'Alkalimat's unique talent and skill is to unpack, make accessible and organise layers of knowledge. He is encyclopaedic, radical, yet accommodative of all streams of Black Liberation'

- Vusi Mchunu a.k.a. Macingwane, South African poet, Chairperson of the Freedom Park Council

'Written by one of its founding fathers, the book places Black Studies at the intersection of American history, progressive social movements and academia. Abdul Alkalimat builds on a life-long commitment, decades of research and a global network to provide unique insights'

- Nii Addy, German-Ghanaian Political Scientist

'A timely, future-oriented and necessary contribution which provides clarity to the multi-valent tendencies in this field. Abdul Akalimiat, a long-standing practitioner and labourer in the trenches offers an updated and much-needed inquiry’ 

- Carole Boyce Davies, prize winning author and Professor of Africana Studies and Literatures in English at Cornell University

List of Figures
List of Tables
Introduction
PART I BLACK STUDIES AS AFROFUTURISM
1. Rethinking Afrofuturism
2. Imagining the Future
3. Back to the Future
4. Struggle for the Future
PART II BLACK STUDIES AS DIASPORA STUDIES
5. History, Ideology, and Culture
6. African Diaspora Studies in Contemporary Academic Practice
7. Diaspora Studies in the African Diaspora
PART III BLACK STUDIES AS KNOWLEDGE NETWORK
8. Science and Technology in Black History
9. Theories of eBlack
10. Toledo Model for eBlack Studies
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index

Published by Pluto Press in Jul 2022
Paperback ISBN: 9780745347004
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745347011
eBook ISBN: 9780745347028

272 pages

140mm x 216mm