The 21st century has marked what could be called a transnational turn in the humanities and across academic disciplines in the U.S. Our research group brings together scholars whose research crosses a range of regions and disciplines in the field of Black Studies, broadly defined, to begin a conversation about the current and future impact of the ‘transnational turn’ on scholarship examining conceptions of blackness and black life in a global context. The research group will explore three central areas of scholarship within this field. We begin by discussing the theoretical, historical and methodological implications of deploying international, transnational and/or diasporic analytics and the numerous investments at stake in the use of each of these frames. The group will then move to explore the ways race, gender and culture are made and remade within the context of black international/transnationalism and the African Diaspora and also examine the ways politics and practices are shaped and informed though migration, movement and translocal connections within the African Diaspora. We view these three areas as a starting point for a cross-disciplinary and cross-methodological conversation about the key issues and analytics that inform the study of black internationalism and transnationalism.

The research groups includes co-convenors Kirstie Dorr (Ethnic Studies), Jessica Graham (History) and Dayo F. Gore (Ethnic Studies and Critical Gender Studies) with participants from Ethnic Studies, Literature, and History.

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For more information, contact Dayo Gore at dgore @ ucsd.edu