Welcome to the Center for Africana Studies
Our world is a global community, and it is more important than ever before to learn
about the unique experiences of those with differing backgrounds from our own. By
approaching Africana Studies from an interdisciplinary perspective, students gain
valuable insight into the cultures and traditions associated with the African diaspora
while also further developing their critical thinking, research and writing abilities.
The Center for Africana Studies (CAfS) serves first and foremost as a space of intellectual
community, and as a primary scholarly resource for the OSU community and the broader
public, seeking to understand the past, present and future of the Black diaspora in
all its dimensions. Blackness, in all its dimensions and locations, is the subject
of central inquiry. Who and what is the Black, or African, diaspora? The people, histories,
cultures, experiences and contributions of those from Africa, or African-decent, wherever
they reside in the world. And since Black people live just about everywhere, this
makes Africana Studies a field of global study, covering the United States, Africa
and the world around.