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Afrocentricity or Afrocentric Theory and Research with Emphasis on Black Studies

Presenter: Thomas Jing, Faculty of Education, University of Regina

Abstract: Afrocentricity is a term coined by Molefi Kete Asante to describe his theory in the early eighties. Some of the questions that this presentation seeks to answer: What is Afrocentricity? Does the term have the same meaning as Afrocentrism, Africentrism, or Africentricity? Why is the term sometimes confused with Africanity? What are the historical and intellectual origins of the Afrocentric theory? Who are the key intellectuals behind the theory and what are their contributions? If the theory is African-centered, how different is it from negritude which came earlier in the thirties, makes a similar claim, and was initiated and championed by black intellectual giants such as Leopold Sedar Senghor, Aime Cesaire, and Leon Damas? What are the challenges that the Afrocentric theory faces? How does the theory provide an appropriate framework for research in education? According to Dr. Asante, Afrocentricity means literally "placing African ideals at the center of any analysis that involves African culture and behavior…" He also contends that "Afrocentricity is paradigmatic intellectual perspective that privileges African agency within the context of African history and culture transcontinentally and transgenerationally."

Faculty and students are encouraged to attend. Everyone is welcome.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Ed 318
Education Building
Main Campus

Shuana Niessen

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