“In the face of the divisiveness and misunderstandings about the terms that define identity under the circumstances of an increasingly multi-ethnic racial population, academia must lead the way in understanding with clarity how we, as a nation, move forward on a path to full inclusion for Afro-diasporic populations.”
Sharon Harley, Ph.D., Associate Professor, African American Studies and Principal Investigator, African/Black Diaspora Research Seminar, University of Maryland
The African/Black Diaspora Research Seminar, launched in 2020 with generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is an interdisciplinary project created to answer the question: How are nationality and the specifics of distinctly diverse ethnicities and gender formations reshaping the framing identity among first and second-generation African immigrants and their relationships with native-U.S. born African American populations in the opening decades of the 21st century?
Distinguished scholars and graduate students from multi-disciplinary humanities fields, including African, African American, Africana, and African Diaspora Studies, participate in the cross-disciplinary research seminar. Public events, hosted by the University of Maryland (UMD) and in conjunction with other academic and cultural institutions, give additional levels of complexity to the seminar, broadening the diaspora outreach and conversations beyond select academic institutions. The insights and perspectives gained articulate and reflect innovative thinking about the lives, cultural expressions, and identity formations found among native-born African Americans and first- and second-generation immigrants from the African continent and African diaspora communities in the United States.
In light of the tremendous growth of African immigrant populations across the United States, seminar participants are asked to explore and exchange new definitions, meanings, and representations of African/Black diaspora identity. We invite you to learn more about the seminar and join the conversation online, across platforms, using #BlkDiasporaID.