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Indiana University, Bloomington Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies

Works: 28 works in 38 publications in 1 language and 337 library holdings
Genres: Periodicals  Academic theses  Poetry  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews 
Classifications: PN1995.N4, 791.43
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Most widely held works by Bloomington Indiana University
Black camera( )

in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trapped within the white gaze : a DuBoisian approach to understanding the existential burden of being a black man in America by Adeyemi Doss( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this research, I utilize an existential lens to examine how the "white gaze" traps black men in a destructive cycle adverse to their personal growth and development. I seek to explore and exposes the nihilistic rage behind the "white gaze" and the racial violence that has endangered the lives of blacks from the Jim Crow era to the present. I wish to denote how black men continue to combat anti-black pathological imaginations of their existence within the boundaries of American culture
Black diaspora review( )

in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Review will provide a forum for the scholarly critiques; debate every aspect of Black diaspora studies, including its mission, curricula, ideology and/or scholarly methodologies. This includes exploration of linkages to other academic disciplines and links to extra-academic communities, and its future
Nasty girls : reclaiming the black freak in music videos and sonic culture by Marsha N Horsley( )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation interrogates the ways in which black female music artists use the trope of the "freak" to trouble visual and sonic representations of black women's bodies, subjectivities, sex, sexualities, and articulations of pleasure. The freak as it has been conceived by the black radical imagination disrupts the still standing "hyper-sexual" and "good" woman binary to address distortions that have dispossessed the black female subject of erotic and pleasurable meaning. This study re-imagines black sexual paradigms to extend the analysis of pleasure, and to draw on black women's energy to (re)claim the freak as an affirmative site of radical possibilities
The Ariran's last life by M. Eliza Hamilton( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Ariran's Last Life (Ariran) is a creative literary text about the Middle Passage. It theorizes about how and why our memories are shaped by emotional tethers to the past; how those attachments shape our identities and relationships; how memories and emotions guide our reactions; how they shape our agency to change the stories we tell ourselves, and how all of this impacts our willingness and ability to heal, forgive, reconcile. At its core Ariran is about healing our relationship to the past by constructing a different interpretation of why we suffer and the responsibility we have in our own suffering. Therefore, the narrative asks readers to rethink the popular narrative of slavery and suffering
Multicultural education and the black immigrant experience : incorporating the cultural resources of Haitian students into the classroom by Wideline Seraphin( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Haitian and Haitian American students are in precarious educational situation because of poor academic performance. In spite of the present circumstances, their educational situation can be remedied. Haitian and Haitian American students have enormous potential to academically do well. Their potential derives from their unique cultural resources of resiliency and viability which fosters a strong value for education. In order for this potential to materialize, public school curriculum for Haitian and Haitian Americans needs to incorporate their cultural resource by using a critical multicultural model. Doing so will not only boost their academic achievement, but will also work to dismantle the pervasive stigma attached to Haitian heritage. Historical inquiry and participant interviews of Haitian and Haitian Americans establish the root of Haitian's cultural resources of resiliency and viability. The theoretical framework of Banks' (2006) multicultural education is employed to outline a multicultural Haitian curriculum as well as analyze the educational initiatives of the Haitian Heritage Museum located in Miami, Florida
Drifting boundaries : performances of cosmopolitan selfhood among contemporary Johannesburg youth by Steffan Horowitz( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This thesis explores the conscious performances of a specific kind of subjectivity by young, mobile, mostly middle class and black South Africans, living in the Johannesburg metropolitan area. These individuals are often students or young professionals and spend much of their leisure time in the malls, clubs, cafes, bars, and restaurants of many of Johannesburg's trendier and more expensive northern suburbs such as Rosebank and Sandton, as well as neighborhoods like Melville, Braamfontein, and Newtown. Chapters two and three examine how these young people use popular and commodity culture and self-stylization (especially music and fashion) to perform their version of a worldly or cosmopolitan subjectivity that is indicative of an expanding frame of reference when it comes to their awareness of and beliefs about their own place in the larger world. The importance of this study can be found in its examination of a sector of the South African population that is vastly different from those typically discussed in much of the existing scholarship and media coverage of the postapartheid state. Moreover, these young people are, in their own way, vanguards of a sort; they inhabit the frontiers of a society in a state of extreme flux and may hold clues for the future of South Africa and the world
Allah and the word : dissemination of Islamic-based ideologies in Black America by Amer Ahmed( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For centuries, Islam has played a dynamic role in the lives of Africans and their descendants around the world. Throughout that history, the oral tradition has remained consistently significant in how ideas, knowledge and stories tied to culture and resistance have been communicated. In the late 20th Century, various forms of Islamic-based ideologies were noted to have spread through evolved forms of Black oral tradition. Although many have drawn distinctions between Islam amongst slaves and these more recent expressions, there is a historical continuum that unveils notable connections. These connections and the evolving negotiation of Black American identity plays a significant role in how 20th Century Islamic-based ideologies were formulated and expressed. The key link in the continuum is a late-19th Century figure named Edward Blyden, commonly referred to as the father of Pan-Africanism. Blyden's vision for a global Black identity was enacted in the early 20th Century by a Jamaican named Marcus Garvey. His United Negro Improvement Association utilized Blyden's theory but also concepts from Pan-Islamism. Garvey's secular movement included coalitions with religious organizations including some rooted in Islamic-based ideologies. Although Garvey's movement met its demise, it planted the seeds of Black Nationalism that were incorporated into The Nation of Islam. This heterodox organization gained national attention because of powerful expressions of oration expressed by ministers like Malcolm X. Through dynamic leaders and prominent member like Heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali, Islamic-based ideologies became a significant part of Black American life and the broader American ethos. In addition, these individuals significantly influenced the dynamic cultural phenomenon that eventually became known as Hip Hop. This culture played a significant role in transmitting Islamic-based knowledge through rhythmic-based communication known as rapping. This project examines the historical and contemporary contexts that exist within this unique ongoing relationship between Islam and Black America. It will also address how the oral tradition has been utilized as a mode of Black Islamic expression tied to resistance and liberation in relationship to ongoing oppressive forces. Finally, it will connect this to the complex identity negotiation amongst Black American Muslims referred to as a 'Triple Consciousness.'
Senegal : the Hip-Hop generation : 1988-2010 by Jean-Christophe Henry( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

My intention with this thesis was to historicize the Hip-Hop generation in Senegal between the years 1988 up until contemporary times. Since President Wade's victory in 2000, the Senegalese people are increasingly disenchanted with the political and economic policies and conduct of his government. I argued that the events of 1988 with the student strikes and the closing of the university system have precipitated the emergence of the Hip-Hop generation. Highly conditioned by the speech of Thies pronounced by President Diouf in 1988 where he referred to youth as "unhealthy," the Hip-Hop generation inserts itself after two generational movements. The Set Setal: meaning to clean or make clean in Wolof, Set Setal is a youth movement which articulated a positive alternative to the deterioration of the urban setting by cleaning their neighborhood, Through murals and mbalakh music they organized at a community level to redefine themselves in the urban setting. The Bul Fale: nevermind in Wolof, in light of the failure of the Set Setal, defined itself through processes of individualization and self-empowerment. Bul Faale is also going to use Hip-Hop to radicalize its positioning towards a society that still was rejecting youth. It approximately took a decade for the Hip-Hop generation to create a particular musical, cultural and ideological identity that I find of great interest. Using conscientisation (act of producing conscious lyrics) as a defining tool, the Hip-Hop generation contributed to the first political change in the history of post-colonial Senegal. The saturation of political messages by rappers, in the aftermath of Wade's election victory, caused the emergence of a socio-generational schism that in turn has deeply modified the identity of the movement. While some rappers have abandoned politically informed lyrics or what I call conscious lyrics in my study, I argue that the contestatory role of rappers is highly relevant in Senegalese society. Two years away from the next presidential election in 2012, and in the absence of trust between politicians and the Senegalese population, rappers have a very important role to play in mobilizing not only the population but also the opposition leaders to counter current President Wade's attempt at a third mandate
Controlling hip-hop culture "blackness" : the racial politics of the National Basketball Association by Samuel Davis( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This thesis is an explication of the controlling of hip-hop blackness within the National Basketball Association. It supports the idea of the construction of a monolithic black masculinity that simultaneously protects white hegemonic masculinity. This project seeks to illuminate the manifestations and intersections of race, labor, and bodies among Black athletes within the NBA. I argue that black NBA players are critiqued, analyzed, and governed based upon a false invention of 'authentic' black masculinity that creates a monolithic idea of blackness, especially in reference to Blacks of the hip-hop generation, which inhibits individuality and agency among the black players, and works toward curtailing their self-determination. This false black masculinity of the NBA is grounded in the stigmas associated with blackness and black machismo that historically justify the perpetuation of institutional racism and the inequalities born of that discrimination and informs how lower-class-origin Black players in the NBA are distinguished as employees, men, and individuals. Their class literally colors managerial and societal perceptions and interpretations of them. By controlling black aesthetic, bodies, and language, it abdicates the necessity to critically engage with the effects of hegemonic whiteness, nor to engage the conceptions of blackness that are created in opposition to this whiteness, nor the subsequent varying structural inequalities that whiteness creates in order to maintain its dominating position. "Controlling Blackness" is about maintaining a system of inequality that is capable of turning black bodies into objects for capitalistic commodification, taking away their own agency, and dehumanizing them to undermine any real criticism that lower-class-origin Black people may produce in order to combat the very system of racial formation that marginalizes and 'otherizes', many black people
"How [they] got ovah" : aesthetics of three Chicago Black women poets by Ciara Miller( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The purpose of this study is to highlight the aesthetics of three 20th and 21st century Chicago Black women poets: Gwendolyn Brooks, Carolyn Rodgers, and Angela Jackson. My primary argument is that Chicago Black women poets exercise varying folk aesthetics which is to emphasize the different communities, or folks, with whom they are communicating. Folks, therefore, is the intended readership for the poets. Folk aesthetics is not to be viewed as a writing style catered solely to Black. Instead, it is an approach to writing for a particular subgroup of a larger society. None of my selected poets subscribe to dominant, institutionalized criterions of Anglo-American poetry. Chicago has significantly informed their perception of self which inadvertently affects the content and stylistic measures of their writings. I seek to examine the ways in which they define themselves by re-centering their individual experiences irrespective of dominant paradigms of womanhood. I am particularly concerned with how these poets challenge both Anglo-American and Black Arts Movement poetics and offer a multilayered perspective of how the city of Chicago has impacted the ways in which they express themselves creatively. Using the Great Migration as a launching pad for how the selected poets developed their aesthetic lens, my research will be unpacked through the following analytical frameworks: Black beauty businesses, The Black Arts Movement, blues, and jazz. These sub-topics are recurring themes in the literature of the poets and each impacted the ways in which these women were socialized in their city. I promote Black feminism as a theoretical practice through which their poetic voices can achieve agency
Legends, statements, and stars : ballroom Queer culture as a subversive reformation to monolithic Black and Latino identity by Floyd Daniel Hobson( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How does the Queer body fit within the Black diaspora? The disposition given to cultural issues affecting the Black community should bring attention to issues of gender, class, and sexuality disparities within the community. However, this is rarely the case for Queer bodies. While the acknowledgement of race-centered issues continues to be an outstanding point of interest in regards to the preservation of Black Studies, other minority groups still remain segregated and without a clear voice in today's society, such as those within the LGBTQ community. However, given that race is a primary analysis of scholarship within the field of discussion for Black LGBTQ individuals reaffirms notions of the invisibility of the Black Queer body within the Black diaspora and overall American society. This thesis is intended to expand the field with ways to go about rectifying this issue. By conducting ethnographic field research within the subculture of the LGBTQ community known as the "Ballroom Community", this thesis works to underline the origins of this community, the motives behind its fruition, and the psychological and sociological ramifications it has on the participants who live in or come from marginalized minority communities through the use of performance ethnography as a primary methodology
Ghanaian female performers of highlife music (1970-present) : a historical and ethnographic study by Nana Abena Dansowaa Amoah( )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Highlife music is a form of West African music, which fuses Ghana's Akan dance rhythms and melodies with European instruments and harmonies. This dissertation presents the findings of ethnographic research of female Highlife performers in Ghana. The study examines history of the genre itself, gender roles and transformations, as well as the challenges and constraints that represented and shaped the musical careers of the female performers. The research also investigates any marginalization of women and the reasons for their treatment in the Highlife music industry. The ethnographic information gathered in this study resulted from utilizing two major strategies, namely: (1) historical ethnography and (2) the study of ten cases. This research is documented through recorded interviews, field notes, audio and video recordings of performances, CD recordings of artists, photography, as well as primary source, secondary source and extant resources from archives, newspapers, published reports and scholarly writings. My study argues that female musicians made critical contributions in the evolution of Highlife music in Ghana. By assessing the foundations of Highlife music genre, centering on its evolution, transformation and contribution, I further demonstrate how active participation and performances of women contributed to the survival of musical culture of Ghana. Highlife compositions are not only thought provoking and philosophical; they also educate, transform and direct societal norms in the communities. Thus, my work provides alternate pathways in conceptualizing indigenous perspectives highlighted in women's compositions that contribute to the transformation of the indigenous society
"Daring to dare" : an exploratory study of indigenous knowledge and context specific instruction in learning and teaching in Tanzania by Justin Wild( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This exploratory study is unable to make broad conclusions about the uses of IK in Tanzanian schools, but, to the author's knowledge, is a first attempt to apply the theories present in IK literature to discuss instructional methods found in Tanzanian schools and by Tanzanian educators in relation to IK
The adoption and adaptation of gospel music in Japan : perspectives on performance by Yukari Shinagawa( )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the past twenty years, gospel music has gained international popularity. The popularity of gospel music in Japan is especially significant because this music based upon the Christian faith is enjoyed mostly by non-Christian Japanese. The gospel music boom in Japan started in the 1990s as a result of the popularity of American entertainment, such as Hollywood movies including the Sister Act series and the musical, Mama I Want to Sing. Since then, numerous Japanese gospel music groups have been formed across the nation
Representations of the Kingdom of Dahomey and Black American identity politics prior to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair by Roberta M Radovich( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The coastal west African Kingdom of Dahomey was a popular topic in sensational newspapers like the New York Herald, and also figured prominently in the pages of radical missionary and abolitionist news publications like the National Era, the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Christian Recorder, and even the Frederick Douglass Paper. Reports about the kingdom served a double function. Among proponents of slavery, mid-nineteenth century news about Dahomey justified why the emancipation of America's enslaved people was a dangerous prospect. On the other hand, the abolitionists cited Dahomey's religious and cultural customs, and the kingdom's economic reliance on human trafficking as evidence it was a backwards and savage nation. "Dahomey" became an easy signifier for nineteenth century ideas about "darkest Africa," and complicated the Black free-elites' self-authoring and racial uplift objectives. At the same time, both White and Black missionary zealots were obsessed with "redeeming" Africa. Importantly, the extent to which Dahomey's "bad press" exasperated the Black elite throughout the mid-century was fully revealed at the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. If only in retrospect, events like the Chicago fair provide opportunities to observe how such narratives shaped public attitudes about Black American turn-of-the-century issues like national belonging, emigration to Africa, and racial violence and disenfranchisement
Tapping out : poems by Nandi Comer( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The aim of this thesis is to provide a critical and creative analysis of African American travel writing. The first section of this a critical review of the experiences of African Americans abroad with a focus on narratives as expressed in the Poetry of Tracy K. Smith and Colleen J. McElroy. This identifies a phenomenon, "double gaze" as a way of describing the contradictory experiences of African American visiting countries with small population of African descent. The thesis draws on a number of sources including Mary Louise Pratt, James Baldwin, W.E.B. Du Bois and Frantz Fanon. The critical analysis serves as an introduction to the collection of poetry that follows
Reimagining the new African diaspora : interpersonal relationships among Jamaicans, Nigerians and African Americans in Houston, Texas by Caralee G Jones( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I found that the majority of my Jamaican, Nigerian and African American participants racially identified using the terms designated to Blacks in the United States. They also had similar encounters with racial discrimination. Furthermore, most of my participants interacted and befriended individuals from another Black ethnic group. However, when it came to romantic relationships, my participants were less likely to cross-culturally date or marry someone from a different Black ethnic group. Furthermore, cross-cultural relationships were points of heightened tension or sites of cultural exchange. Finally, I discovered that the most salient inter-ethnic tension among my participants were perceptions of work ethic and availability of opportunities. On the other hand, experiences with racism and a shared appreciation for music, dance and cultural festivals were factors that helped unite diverse individuals of African descent
Interrogation of race and privilege : how dance embodies identity politics by Amelia G Smith( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The African American Dance Company (AADC) at Indiana University offers a case study on transformative dance pedagogy. A discussion of the state of higher education and the potential for dance to foster meaningful experiences by utilizing Africanist-centered theories of embodiment. Historiography on Black Dance situates this examination within the context of art, race, politics, and lived experience. Similarly, autoethnography provides first person analysis of the ways in which the AADC provides a holistic experience for students by prioritizing the lived realities of the African Diaspora. Both a course through the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies and a performing ensemble under the auspices of the African American Arts institute, the AADC exemplifies the interdisciplinary dance pedagogy that holds space for reflexivity, reorientation, and reclamation of identity and understanding of race
Revealing black dance/re-imagining art : the African American Dance Company and visual art as forms of agency, knowledge production and resistance by Katie E Dieter( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blacks in the diaspora utilize visual and performing art forms to counter hegemonic representations of their identities and to correct Eurocentric misrepresentations of their histories and cultures. In doing so, black artistic expression is often resistive and also an important form of knowledge production and agency for blacks in the diaspora. Black Studies programs are able to further facilitate this creative expression through various forms of research and pedagogy in order for us to find new ways to articulate the myriad of lived experiences of black individuals. Through a thematic analysis of eight choreographies of the African American Dance Company and a creative autoethnographic approach that includes the creation of eight paintings inspired by the company's choreographies that were displayed in an art exhibition, this research explores notions of blackness, resistance, agency and knowledge production in black dance and visual art forms. An analysis of an anonymous questionnaire and dance performance from the art exhibition are also used to further articulate the forms of resistance, agency and knowledge production that are possible when art forms are combined to produce or imagine various meanings of identity for marginalized peoples
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