The Center for Africana Studies has an extensive commitment to research by its faculty. The Center currently houses three faculty research projects – The Africana Media Project, a digital archive related to the global black experience, the Penn Program on Race, Science, and Society which focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to the role of race in scientific research, and The Socio-Spatial Study of Philadelphia, is a comprehensive research and training program on racial inequality in the City of Philadelphia.
Africana Media Project
The Africana Media Project is a digital archive of still images and video related to the global black experience. The collection contains both found and original art. Examples of the latter include a series of documentary films on the black image, and representations of African and Diasporic cultures and politics. One thematic focus of the archive is on historical and contemporary images of the black body.
Recent work of the Africana Media Project includes the award-winning documentary film African Independence, and the exhibits Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River and Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster.
Penn Program on Race, Science, and Society
Under the direction of Professor Dorothy Roberts, the Penn Program on Race, Science, and Society (PRSS) is a new initiative at the University of Pennsylvania devoted to transformative and interdisciplinary approaches to the role of race in scientific research and biotechnological innovations, aiming both to promote social justice and to dispel the myth that race is a natural division of human beings.
The Penn Program on Race, Science, and Society will hold its inaugural colloquium on “The Future of Race and Science: Regression or Revolution?” in April 2014.
The Socio-Spatial Study of Philadelphia
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