GBST 249
Penning the Path: Writing and Publishing Black Studies Spring 2024
Division II
Cross-listed AFR 249 / AMST 250 / GBST 249

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Since the mid-20th century, Black intellectuals from Africa and the Diaspora have founded seminal journals within and beyond academic boundaries. Despite being separated by global distances and different contexts, these initiatives have decisively contributed to the emergence and consolidation of Black and Pan-African studies. Presence Africaine, founded in Paris in 1947 by Senegalese intellectual Alioune Diop; Quilombo, first published in 1948 by the Afro-Brazilian intellectual Abdias do Nascimento; and The Black Scholar, founded in California in 1969 by Robert Chrisman, Nathan Hare, and Allan Ross are just a few groundbreaking examples. From this global perspective, students will explore these and other cornerstone journals which paved the way for the emergence of Black and Pan-African Studies in the US and abroad. Additionally, the course aims to encourage students to be part of a collective effort to relaunch Kaleido[scopes]: Diaspora Re-imagined, a student led-journal created in 2014 in the Africana Studies Department by Sevonna Brown (’15), Ahmad Greene-Hayes (’16), and Nneka Dennie (’13). Students will receive guidance and mentoring to conceive and write articles, essays, audiovisual creations, and interviews with students and intellectuals from the African continent and the Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean.
The Class: Format: seminar; Students will be required to develop and give a class presentation focused on pioneering Black Studies journals.
Limit: 15
Expected: 10-15
Class#: 3969
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Class participation and attendance (asking questions and leading discussions); weekly e-reading response papers (300-500 words); formal class presentation (individually or in groups); final projects (such as essays, papers, interviews, and audiovisual creations) aimed to be published in the new edition of Kaleido[scopes]: Diaspora Re-imagined (Spring 2024).
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Students interested in expanding their knowledge and skills in writing and publishing, focusing on Black Studies/Africana journals. Should the course be overenrolled, preference will be given to Africana Studies students.
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 249 Division II AMST 250 Division II GBST 249 Division II
Attributes: AFR Culture, Performance, and Popular Technologies

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