Welcome to the Africana Studies Institute

UConn’s Africana Studies Institute is a vibrant community of scholars who study the African American experience, Africa, and the African Diaspora

Learn more about the history of ASI

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What is Africana Studies?

Africana Studies is a field of study that is interdisciplinary in focus. The Institute teaches classes ranging from sociology, political science, history, and education among our diverse offerings. More specifically at UCONN, for decades we have trained our students to critically analyze the varied experiences of people of African descent globally and locally. We have a strong public history presence that focuses on Black people in New England and Connecticut that helps the program remain committed to the principles that Africana Studies was founded on, community engagement.

Why major or minor in Africana Studies?

It has become increasingly important to successive generations of students entering the workforce to develop and refine skills needed to practice cultural competence and critically analyze the varied experiences of African descended people in this country and around the world. The Africana Studies Institute offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and a minor in Africana Studies, which provides a solid foundation for jobs in health care, law, education, journalism, government, and charitable, nonprofit organizations.

 

What we offer:

You will learn from some of UConn’s best teachers and mentors as well as trailblazers in their respective fields.

You will enhance your critical thinking, writing, analysis, and communication skills.

Opportunities to study abroad in Ghana and Kenya for course credit.

Faculty pairing: 1:1 academic advising, career mentoring, and research opportunities.

Celebrating 15 Years of Excellence in Africana Studies

30+
Undergraduate Majors

70+
Undergraduate Minors

16+
Core Faculty

26+
Affiliate Faculty

Undergraduate Advising

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Major in Africana Studies

Dive into diverse cultures and histories of African descended people.

Explore the Major

 

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Minor Options

The Institute offers two minors in Africana Studies and African Studies, coupled with study abroad opportunities in African countries.

 

Explore the Minors

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IN THE NEWS

UConn Today: CLAS Connections: Fiona Vernal and Amanda Cannada

Feb 12, 2024

Five heartfelt minutes with Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies Fiona Vernal and Africana Studies Program Assistant Amanda Cannada.

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Black Documentary Film Archival Practices is a course that examines how archives are deployed to tell Black diasporic narratives, historical and present-day representations, and the impact of these images. Throughout this course, students will sharpen their understanding of non-fiction aesthetics and modes of production through the construction of short-form archival-based media.
Coursework will provide students with tools to think independently about questions of representation, embedded biases, form, formats, and intended audiences through films, readings, and non-fiction multimedia. Students will further develop the skill to contextualize current events within a historical framework and hone their visual voices. We will interrogate authorship, accountability, and narrative ownership. This course will delve into tensions around access, formal considerations, and ethical usage of pre-existing material from various sources, including public institutions, private collections, stock footage libraries, YouTube, and social media.
For more information, contact Professor Martine Granby: martine.granby@uconn.edu

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Hi Huskies👋
Check this out!
Black Documentary Film Archival Practices is a course that examines how archives are deployed to tell Black diasporic narratives, historical and present-day representations, and the impact of these images. Throughout this course, students will sharpen their understanding of non-fiction aesthetics and modes of production through the construction of short-form archival-based media.
Coursework will provide students with tools to think independently about questions of representation, embedded biases, form, formats, and intended audiences through films, readings, and non-fiction multimedia. Students will further develop the skill to contextualize current events within a historical framework and hone their visual voices. We will interrogate authorship, accountability, and narrative ownership. This course will delve into tensions around access, formal considerations, and ethical usage of pre-existing material from various sources, including public institutions, private collections, stock footage libraries, YouTube, and social media.
For more information, contact Professor Martine Granby: martine.granby@uconn.edu
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 Join us for this Africans Book Talk with Professor Fumilayo Showers!

March 27, 2024 at 4pm.
Location: Class of ‘47 Room, Babbidge Library.

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Join us for this Africans Book Talk with Professor Fumilayo Showers!

March 27, 2024 at 4pm.
Location: Class of ‘47 Room, Babbidge Library.
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Join the AACC and UCHI on March at 5pm in the AACC Community Lounge!

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Participate in the Ethnic Studies Symposium honoring the 1974 sit-in will be Friday, April 5th from 10:30-6pm. Our keynote speaker will be Antoinette Brim-Bell, the CT State Poet Laureate. 

Link to view the Call for Papers is below and in our bio. 

Link: https://humanities.uconn.edu/connecticut-ethnic-studies-symposium/

#Symposium #EthnicStudies #Archival #ASI #UConn

Participate in the Ethnic Studies Symposium honoring the 1974 sit-in will be Friday, April 5th from 10:30-6pm. Our keynote speaker will be Antoinette Brim-Bell, the CT State Poet Laureate.

Link to view the Call for Papers is below and in our bio.

Link: https://humanities.uconn.edu/connecticut-ethnic-studies-symposium/
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