Co-investigators and their institutions:
Peter J. Bloom, Film and Media Studies, UC Santa Barbara
Percy C. Hintzen, Director, Center for African Studies and Professor of African American Studies, UC Berkeley
Stephan F. Miescher, History, UC Santa Barbara
At the heart of Critical Historicities between Africa and the Diaspora is the question of how teleologies of difference between the African continent and the Diaspora have ruptured developmental approaches to modernity. In order to move beyond the complacency of difference implied by alternative modernities, we seek to establish a context that enables greater engagement with multi-sited research methodologies both on the African continent itself as well as in Asia, Europe, the Global South, and North America. We also seek to examine the relationship between late colonial and postcolonial national infrastructures on the African continent through the movement of successive generations abroad, and an examination of how a sense of integration and return can be more broadly construed.