The Pasts and Futures of African Studies and Area Studes

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dc.contributor.author Zeleza, Paul T
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-30T12:14:15Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-30T12:14:15Z
dc.date.issued 1997
dc.identifier.citation Zeleza, Paul. "The Pasts and Futures of African Studies and Area Studes." Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies 25.2 (1997). en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/1187
dc.description.abstract The tenn "crisis" is much beloved in African studies, smearing all it touches, including its object of study, Afiica, and its own epistemological standing and future. And so we hear that African studies, like aU area studies programs in the United States, are in a terminal state of crisis. The crisis is seen as something new, spawned by the ideological ramifications of the end of the Cold War and the intellectual ravages of globalization. A powerful narrative no doubt, but one that falsifies and simplifies the past as much as it forecloses the unpredictable possibilities of the future. Is there, indeed, a crisis for Afiican studies and other area studies programs in the United States? Or is it a stonn in a teacup, as Michael Watts1 believes; a peculiarly American debate of no priority for Africans, as Michael Chegel contends; one inspired, according to Zeleza, by America's "channel-surting intellectualism in which the temptation to reinvent newness is always great?"• Will we, a decade from now, as Julius Nyang'oro re-assures us. "realize that the current debate was not about the viability of area studies as such, but rather a nervousness brought about by the fear of shrinking resources in the academy generally?"' But if in fact there is a crisis, whose crisis is it and what is its trajectory? en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title The Pasts and Futures of African Studies and Area Studes en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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