Africa and its Historical and Contemporary Diasporas edited by Tunde Adeleke and Arno Sonderegger is an interdisciplinary study of the changing and complex nature of the Africa-Black Diaspora relationship. The contributors highlight the problems and challenges of this relationship and provide strategies for developing a more functional and mutually beneficial engagement in a radically changing global environment. This book presents new methodological approaches and research to study the many dimensions and complexities of Africa and its Diasporas. Collectively, this book addresses three vital themes. First, it foregrounds new and emerging forces reshaping the Africa-Black Diaspora nexus. Second, it highlights new and interdisciplinary approaches to “Diaspora” and “Pan-Africanism” (culture, religion, ideology, literature, philosophy, and epistemology). Third, it examines factors infusing the transformation in, and challenges of, African Diaspora and Pan-Africanist collaborations, and possible strategies of strengthening the relationship.
Tunde Adeleke is professor of history and director of African American studies at Iowa State University.
Arno Sonderegger is senior lecturer for African history and societies in the Department of African Studies at the University of Vienna.
Introduction by Tunde Adeleke & Arno Sonderegger
Part I: Reflections on Diaspora and Africa through Time and Space
Chapter 1: Diaspora: Paradigmatic Shift and Implications for Pan-Africanism in the 21st Century by Tunde Adeleke
Chapter 2: Trends and Complexities of the Africa-Diasporan Nexus by Felix Kumah-Abiwu
Chapter 3: New Dimensions of Diaspora: Modernity, Heritage Tourism and the ‘Black Star of Africa’ by Alma Jean Billingslea Brown
Part II: Reflections on Spiritual Culture and Resistance in Art and Life
Chapter 4: An Assembly of 21 Spirit Nations: The Pan-Africanist Pantheon of Haitian Vodou’s African Lwa by Kyrah Malika Daniels
Chapter 5: ‘Nya-Binghi’: Rastafarian Pan-Africanism from Moscow to Ethiopia by Dominik Frühwirth
Chapter 6: ‘Jes Grew’ as A Metaphor for African American and Pan-African Resistance in Ishmael Reed’s Mumbo Jumbo by Babacar M`Baye
Part III: Reflections on Pan-African Histories and Options
Chapter 7: Questioning Diaspora: George Padmore, Colonial Fascism and the Route to Marxist Pan-Africanism by Arno Sonderegger
Chapter 8: On Memory, Reckoning, and Speculative Futures: Pan-Africanism, Afropolitanism, and Afrofuturism by Saheed Yinka Adejumobi
About the Contributors
The chapters in Africa and its Historical and Contemporary Diasporas provide fresh and insightful perspectives for understanding the complexities and changing dimensions of the African Diaspora, the relationship of Africa to the increasingly diverse and global dimensions of its Diaspora, and reconceptualization of Pan-Africanism in such a way that it effectively captures different aspects of the historical and complicated relationships between Africa and its Diasporas. The chapters, which are written from interdisciplinary perspectives, are conceptually sound, theoretically insightful, and methodologically innovative. This book is an invaluable addition to the growing literature on Diasporas in general, and the African Diaspora in particular.
This anthology is a critical addition to the African diaspora studies canon, highlighting the works of an interdisciplinary cast of leading and rising scholars in the field. The essays in this volume represent a generative confluence of ideas about diasporic analytical frames, identity constructs and formations, religion and ritual technologies, politics, and speculative futures that will be vital contributions to discourse about Pan-Africanism and the Africa-Diaspora nexus for many years to come.