• Africana Studies Review - Spring 20`21
    Vol. 7 No. 1 (2021)

    Welcome to the Spring 2021 issue of the Africana Studies Review! When we entered 2020, none of us knew what the year would hold. We now find ourselves one year into a global pandemic, seeking to return to life “as usual” while, at the same time, questioning just what “usual” is and if it is truly a place to which we want to return. In this space, we find that the topic of Africana Studies is more salient than ever. This issue includes perspectives from multiple disciplines within our field including sociology, literature and film studies, religious studies, legal studies, and history and considers topics from the meanings of place and space to ghosts, zombies, and ancestors. Each highlights an aspect of Africana lived existence—some joyous, some painful—and ultimately invites us to examine the “usual” with new eyes.

  • Africana Studies Review - Spring 2019
    Vol. 6 No. 1 (2019)

    This Spring 2019 issue is a conglomeration of diverse pieces of scholarship in Africana Studies, from scholars in ethnomusicology, cultural anthropology, religious studies, legal studies, African studies, and other disciplines focusing on various aspects of Africana spirituality and artistic expression. These two forces—spirituality and art—have been intertwined lifelines for Africana peoples. Our spirituality has sustained usin the best times andthrough the direst of circumstances,and our ability to express ourselves in unique and instructive ways continues to awe and influence those within and outside of our communities. Where these two intersect we find some of our most enduring and influential forms, from gospel, to drum and dance, to quilting, to spoken and written word, to hip-hop. The contributors to this issue explore various acts of creation and their implications.