Summer Research Grants


The recipients for the 2003 Summer Research Grant competition are:

Cuba: Social Memory and Identity of Black Cubans
Aline Helg (Department of History, University of Texas at Austin) and Gloria Rolando (independent filmmaker)

Ghana and the U.S.: Racialization and Transformation of Black Identities Jemima Pierre (Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Mapping Black Latinos in Los Angeles
Mark Q. Sawyer and Raymond Rocco (Department of Political Science, University of California at Los Angeles)

Afro-Latino Elementary Education
Silvani Valentim (Encuentro, Inc., Philadelphia, PA)

Mexico Negro Activism
Bobby Vaughn (independent scholar)

New Black Latino Immigrants in North Carolina
Ben Vinson (History, Penn State University)

Transnational HIV Activism among Black Gays and Lesbians in Miami, Atlanta and New York
J. Sinclaire Allen (Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin)

The Project "Diasporic Racisms" is also undertaking preliminary research in the state of Texas to support anti-racism work of U.S. blacks and black and Indigenous immigrants. In addition, we are using the Summer to reorganize and streamline our research and activism. Stay tuned for more information.

Thank you to all of the activists and scholars who have submitted their promising projects for consideration.

The Black Diaspora Consortium hopes to have more funding available next year for research with slightly different foci. Competition is open to scholars in various fields of social sciences, humanities, law, and public health; historically-informed ethnographic work on the effects of anti-black racisms, including on-the-ground activism and other forms of self-making; and historical work that seeks to demonstrate connections to the contemporary moment are of particular interest.

We are especially interested in collaborative or engaged scholarship
that takes up what we consider urgent action areas: Crime and Criminalization; Education; Gender, Sexuality; Health (HIV/AIDS); Material Resources (Land, Employment, Housing); Rights, Citizenship; U.S. Imperialism; Violence (Geopolitical, Rape, Police/State); as well as work that takes up historically durable representations of blackness, and the ways in which black subjects use/resist/react to these.

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