American Studies in Europe and the Challenges of a Globalizing Black World
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Until recently, American Studies Programs in Europe have privileged Politics, Diplomacy, Economics, and Literary Studies. In the last two decades, however, demographic changes, in consequence of increased migrations from the Third World, particularly Africa, and the attendant 'Blackening of Europe' have compelled the revising of American Studies curricula. Across Europe, American Studies Programs are being revised to include and interrogate hitherto neglected themes about minority ethnic experiences (race, ethnicity, diversity, multiculturalism and nationality). Increased attention to ethnic minority experiences in American Studies has in turn bolstered European scholarly interests in American minority ethnic experiences, especially the black American. The paper examines the challenges and implications of the revisionist phase in American Studies across Europe. It also analyzes how the problematic character of American Studies in the United States relative to Ethnic Studies fields, such as Black Studies, would impact the reconfiguration of the discipline in Europe.
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