Upcoming Conference

ASWAD’s 9th Biennial Conference will be held in Seville, Spain from 7-11 November 2017

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ASWAD Electing New Vice President

Dear ASWAD Community:

For organization MEMBERS the election for new members of the Executive Board is currently taking place via an anonymous electronic poll.  The biographies of the candidates are found here: http://aswadiaspora.org/2017-aswad-vice-president-election/

ASWAD Members will be receiving ballots via email by December 7.

It is very important to the organization that every eligible member participate in selecting the new member for the ASWAD Vice President.  Thank you for your participation.


2017 ASWAD Vice President Election

Erik McDuffie
Department of African American Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
https://history.illinois.edu/directory/profile/emcduffi

Statement

 

Walter Rucker
Department of History
Rutgers University
http://history.rutgers.edu/faculty-directory/549-rucker-walter-c

Statement

 


ASWAD Board Announcement

Dear ASWAD Family,

My thanks to all those of you who participated in this year’s ASWAD Board Elections. On behalf of the Executive Committee, I am pleased and honored to announce the newest ASWAD Board members:

  • Nwando Achebe, Michigan State University
  • Yolanda Covington-Ward, University of Pittsburgh
  • Joseph Jordan, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Robert Trent Vinson, College of William and Mary

I look forward to seeing many of you in Sevilla!

Leslie M. Alexander
ASWAD President

2017 ASWAD Board Elections

Nwando Achebe
Department of History
Michigan State University
http://history.msu.edu/people/faculty/nwando-achebe/

CV Statement

 

Yolanda Covington-Ward
Department of Africana Studies
University of Pittsburgh
https://www.africanastudies.pitt.edu/people/yolanda-covington-ward

CV Statement

 

Jualynne Dodson
Department of Sociology
Michigan State University
http://sociology.msu.edu/faculty-and-staff/tenure_stream_faculty_directory/jualynne-dodson

CV Statement

 

Joseph Jordan
University of North Carolina
http://stonecenter.web.unc.edu/about-us/staff-advisory-board/joseph-jordan-director/

CV Statement

 

Robert Trent Vinson
Department of History
College of William and Mary
http://www.wm.edu/as/history/faculty/faculty-list/vinson_r.php

CV Statement


ASWAD Denounces White Nationalism

In the wake of another wave of white nationalist and Nazi demonstrations across the globe, the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) reaffirms our opposition to the growing fascist movements throughout the African Diaspora. During these troubled times, ASWAD denounces all forms of harassment, aggression, and violence based on race, gender, religion and sexual orientation. We remain outraged by the U.S. president’s willingness to excuse and downplay the activities of white nationalists and white supremacists, and we are alarmed about the advancement of rhetoric that forecasts the transformation of Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, sexist, and racist campaign discourse into tangible policy. We consider the current climate antithetical to all that we rigorously and passionately work to achieve as scholars in the realm of social justice and respect for humanity. As a result, we call upon the U.S. President and other global leaders to denounce racist, misogynist, homophobic, and discriminatory attacks.

As scholars of Africa and the African diaspora, we are committed not only to producing and disseminating scholarship on the global Black experience, but also to defending the most vulnerable in the places where we live and study—the members of our worldwide community who are people of color, LGBTQIA people, Muslims (and other religious groups facing discrimination), immigrants (documented and undocumented), the differently abled, and women. We stand in solidarity with all those who are struggling to fight against discrimination, intolerance, and oppression, and we pledge to foster an inclusive, welcoming intellectual and political environment at our upcoming 2017 conference in Seville, Spain.

Leslie M. Alexander, President
Elisa Joy White, Vice President
Laura Rosanne Adderley, Secretary
Walter C. Rucker, Treasurer

On behalf of the Executive Board of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD)


ASWAD Statement on U.S. Executive Order on Immigration

On Friday, January 27, 2017, the newly inaugurated president of the United States issued an Executive Order barring citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen entry into the United States for 90 days; prohibiting all refugees from entering the United States for 120 days; and banning Syrian refugees for an indefinite period of time. This decision is the practical equivalent of a ban against Muslims entering the United States. In the days that followed, airports across the U.S. became chaotic sites where visitors, refugees, and legal U.S. residents from targeted countries were rounded up, questioned, harassed, and detained without due cause.

In the aftermath of these disturbing events, the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) unequivocally states that Donald Trump’s order is antithetical to the principles that our organization holds most dear. We believe in the beauty of diversity, the strength of democracy, and the fundamental rights of all humans. We strongly oppose the reactionary, xenophobic, racist ideologies that drive this Executive Order, and call for the immediate repeal of this discriminatory act.

We affirm, again, that as scholars of Africa and the African diaspora, we are committed not only to producing and disseminating scholarship on the global Black experience, but also to defending the most vulnerable in the places where we live and study—the members of our worldwide community who are people of color, LGBTQIA people, Muslims (and other religious groups facing discrimination), immigrants (documented and undocumented), the differently abled, and women. We stand in solidarity with people of all religions, ethnicities, genders, and cultures who are taking to the streets and fighting against the rise of a fascist regime that seeks to strip people of their humanity, and we pledge to foster an inclusive, welcoming intellectual and political environment at our upcoming 2017 conference in Seville, Spain.

Leslie M. Alexander, President
Elisa Joy White, Vice President
Laura Rosanne Adderley, Secretary
Walter C. Rucker, Treasurer

On behalf of the Executive Board of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD)

 


ASWAD Statement Post-Election in the United States

Over the past two weeks, in the aftermath of a hotly contested presidential election, a wave of racist and xenophobic attacks has swept across the United States. In elementary and middle schools, young Latino/a children are taunted with chants of “Build the Wall” and “Go Back to Mexico.” At universities, similar jeers taunt our Black and Brown students, as students and others who are aligned with the White supremacist rhetoric of the U.S. president-elect feel they have gotten a “green light” to parade through campus claiming the space as their own (while occluding all space for non-White others). Muslim students are subjected to physical intimidation and assaults, particularly the women whose hijabs make them a target for religious persecution. Many college students are afraid to even leave their homes and attend class. And now, in the city streets and rural roads, undocumented immigrants are constantly threatened by the specter of arrest and deportation. These demonstrations of racism, bias, and bigotry are, unfortunately, just one small part of a growing populist movement representing a frightening legacy of historical periods of fascism across the globe. In Europe, Latin America, and throughout the African diaspora, people of color and members of the LGBTQIA community are facing increasing levels of harassment and violence.

During these troubled times, the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) denounces all forms of harassment, aggression, and violence based on race, gender, religion and sexual orientation. Although we always stand in opposition to such bigoted acts, we feel it is important to assert our position even more clearly in light of recent events. We are concerned about the President-elect’s courting of White nationalists and supremacists. We are alarmed about the advancement of rhetoric that forecasts the transformation of Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, sexist, and racist campaign discourse into tangible policy. We consider the current climate antithetical to all that we rigorously and passionately work to achieve as scholars in the realm of social justice and respect for humanity. As a result, we call upon President-Elect Donald Trump join the growing demands for an end to racist, misogynist, homophobic, and discriminatory attacks. We also urge universities and cities around world to become sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants.

As scholars of Africa and the African diaspora, we are committed not only to producing and disseminating scholarship on the global Black experience, but also to defending the most vulnerable in the places where we live and study—the members of our worldwide community who are people of color, LGBTQIA people, Muslims (and other religious groups facing discrimination), immigrants (documented and undocumented), the differently abled, and women. We stand in solidarity with all those who are struggling to fight against discrimination, intolerance, and oppression, and we pledge to foster an inclusive, welcoming intellectual and political environment at our upcoming 2017 conference in Seville, Spain.

Leslie M. Alexander, President
Elisa Joy White, Vice President
Laura Rosanne Adderley, Secretary
Walter C. Rucker, Treasurer

On behalf of the Executive Board of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD)


ASWAD BLM Solidarity

The Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and all organizations throughout the African Diaspora that are committed to asserting the humanity of African-descended peoples across the globe. Recent protests against the murders of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and countless others have caused a disturbing backlash against the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and its mission to end police brutality and state violence against Black people. On numerous occasions the media and opponents of this movement have unfairly demonized and stigmatized BLM, and ASWAD objects to this disparaging mischaracterization. During these troubled times, ASWAD declares its unity with the Black Lives Matter movement and with the global struggle to proclaim Black humanity.

As multidisciplinary scholars of the global African experience, we are painfully aware that current events represent just one moment in a long history of anti-Black racism that has spanned centuries. The contemporary dehumanization of African peoples has its roots in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade that began in the fifteenth century. During that era, a racist ideology developed to justify the enslavement of millions of Africans, which later transformed itself to validate colonization, segregation, and systems of class and caste throughout the world. This belief in Black/African inferiority—indeed, the belief that people of African descent are not equal humans—still lies at the heart of the problem of global racism and white supremacy. Today, we witness the proliferation of state violence, socio-economic exploitation, and mass incarceration against African peoples, not just in the United States, but also in Brazil, France, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the Maghreb region, and in every corner of the African Diaspora. Across the globe, African peoples are being stripped of their citizenship and their humanity because some people’s lives are still deemed more valuable than others.

ASWAD is committed to the global fight for Black humanity and we are pleased to see that peaceful protests are taking place in London, Berlin, and Paris, in cities across Latin America and the United States, and around the world, which give voice to the belief that BLACK Lives Matter everywhere in the Worldwide African Diaspora.

Leslie M. Alexander, President
On behalf of the Executive Board of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD)


ASWAD Election Results – Incoming Executive Board

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ASWAD Statement on the Charleston Shootings

ASWAD extends its condolences to the families of those massacred at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church on June 17, 2015 in a criminal act of domestic terrorism.  We share in the pain of all who are suffering, but also in the outrage that anti-black violence continues to erupt in societies that continue to cling to the ideologies of racial supremacy, inequality, and ignorance that constituted the very foundations on which they were built.  (more…)


ASWAD Statement on Ferguson (Michael Brown) Grand Jury Decision

The Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora stands with the thousands of people outraged over the refusal of the Ferguson grand jury to send the case of the murder of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson to trial. We stand also with the families and communities of other black youth around the world facing similar targeting and violence at the hands of police, such as the React or Be Killed movement (FB group “Reaja ou Sera Morto”) in Bahia, Brazil seeking justice for Davi Alves and other black men murdered or disappeared in police custody. (more…)