This essay reflects on the history of the African diaspora—both as an academic and as a political project. The study of black peoples in academic organizations from 1945 to 1990 problematically formed part of civil rights, nation-building, and Cold War agendas. The result: a distancing and isolation of people in the diaspora from each other. Today there is an explosion of African diaspora studies in the academy, but what of the political project?
Lisa Brock; Nation and the Cold War: Reflections on the Circuitous Routes of African Diaspora Studies. Radical History Review 1 January 2009; 2009 (103): 7–15. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01636545-2008-029
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