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Research

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 Marginalized Populations Project, a collaborative research initiative designed to explore political dynamics between populations with unequal, minimal or non-existent state protections and national governments.

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.

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.

Marginalized Populations Project

The Marginalized Populations project is a collaborative research initiative designed to explore political dynamics between populations with unequal, minimal or non-existent state protections and national governments.