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Initiatives

Africana Film Festival

The Africana Film Festival, a collaborative project of the Departments of Africana Studies and Modern Culture and Media, features works by new and established filmmakers from Africa and the African Diaspora. The Africana Film Festival hosts filmmakers and scholars who participate in panels and forums covering a wide range of topics related to filmmaking and film analysis. Features, shorts, documentaries, musicals, politically and historically-conscious narratives, ‘arthouse’ and 'mainstream' films as well as films by women, men, established directors and upstarts, from countries within Africa and the African Disapora are included in the Festival.

C. L. R. James Journal

The C.L.R. James Journal is the official journal of the Caribbean Philosophical Associationand is available online through the Philosophy Documentation Center. With the founding of the C.L.R. James Society in 1989, the Journal served as the primary publishing organ to promote the scholarly engagement with the life and thought of one of the towering figures in Caribbean intellectual history.  In 2005, the C.L.R. James Society became a body within the Caribbean Philosophical Association.  While continuing to serve as the preeminent journal for the critical exploration of the many dimensions of Jamesian scholarship, the Journal publishes peer-reviewed articles in the area of Caribbean ideas to which James was a major contributor and in the wider field of Africana philosophy.  The C.L.R. James Journal is edited by Professor Paget Henry.

Conversations in Africana Arts

One of the unique features of Brown’s Department of Africana Studies department is that it is the home to several world-class writers - Chinua Achebe, Brenda Marie Osbey, and John Edgar Wideman - and one of the most innovative reserach theatres in the nation, Rites and Reason Theatre. The centrality of the arts to intellectual mission and vision of the Department of Africana Studies makes it a premiere venue to convene some of the most engaging and exciting dialogues on the arts and human experience. Conversations in Africana Arts brings together some of the world's leading artists and scholars to reflect on the arts and society, creating an unparalleled intellectual experience for the entire Brown University community.

National Black Theatre

In March of 2012, the Department of Africana Studies formally resolved to engage in a wide ranging collaboration with the historic National Black Theatre in Harlem, New York. Recognizing the longstanding artistic and scholarly collaboration between the National Black Theatre and the Department of Africana Studies' Rites and Reason Theatre, the resolution calls for the creation of a series of research, teaching, and public engagement initiatives which advance the mission and goals of both partners. The collaborations will take the form of joint development of new artistic projects, shared performances, faculty lectures, colloquia, and community forums at the National Black Theatre and at Brown University.