Perspectives from A Convening
This special issue of the International Journal of Africana Studies brings together papers and conversations addressing the needs of Black Studies from an ideologically diverse group of scholars. During an intense two-day convening in New York City, participants engaged in provocative discussions regarding necessary actions for sustaining and further developing the field. Though perspectives varied, conversations revealed that the field is broad enough to accommodate diverse methodological and ideological perspectives.
The discussions were structured around nine questions. This special issue contains position papers presented by twenty-one scholars and excerpts of the conversations that developed out of each of the nine questions. The convening and this special issue are intended to provoke dialogue that promotes the field as a core of understandings and purposes. The focus on a core is chosen as a vehicle to strengthen and consolidate the discipline rather than having it operate on competing visions pulling away in separate directions.
marilyn m. thomas-houston, Special Issue Editor