Institute For Research On the African Diaspora In the Americas
and the Caribbean
Institute on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the
Caribbean, commonly referred to by its acronym IRADAC, was
founded at City College (CCNY) and the Graduate Center (GC)
of the City University of New York to strengthen the University’s
capacity to address the African presence in the Americas
through scholarly research and public programs for the betterment
of the lay public as well as the academic community.
mission is to foster understanding and critical interpretation
of the history, development, conditions, status, and cultures
of diverse peoples of African descent living in the various
societies of the Western Hemisphere. IRADAC’s primary
focus on the black experience in Canada and the United States,
Central and South American, and the Caribbean does not preclude
any region of the African Diaspora from the scope of its
multidisciplinary scholarship and public programs.
Institute will develop and facilitate the creation of a
community of independent scholars at The City University
of New York interested in the study of the African Diaspora.
Furthermore, IRADAC will encourage interchange and communication
with scholars in the field both nationally and internationally
in order to conceptualize, critique, and reframe existing
research on the African Diaspora as well as conduct and
disseminate new research.
will constitute and maintain a University-wide network of
African Diaspora Studies departments, programs, centers,
and other entities and serve as a resource and advocate
for the teaching and study of the African Diaspora at the
undergraduate and graduate as well as post-doctoral level
across the campuses of the CUNY system.
will inform and influence the formulation of public and
academic policy, particularly with respect to education,
through its research initiatives and public programs.
formed the Africana Studies Group (ASG) in the fall of 2000,
the goal being to provide an arena for ideas regarding the
field and to establish an official concentration in Africana
Studies at The Graduate Center. The ASG, by definition,
is interdisciplinary and encourages input and participation
from students and faculty from the various fields that help
comprise Africana Studies. While the ASG periodically elects
co-chairs, its structure is loose, based upon the needs
of students and the evolving and competing articulations
of Africana Studies.
Studies Group Listserv
ASG has a listserv which serves as a forum for all those
interested in the scholarly pursuit of Africana Studies.
The listserv posts ASG announcements and events and serves
as a space for discussion. To subscribe, contact Lise Esdaile