Venue du Professeur Stephen SMALL (University of California, Berkeley) dans le cadre de la Chaire Jacques Leclercq, Mars 2015.
Legacies of slavery in the African Diaspora: methodological approaches to comparative racialization studies.
Stephen Small, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley
University of Amsterdam
The seminar has two main goals. First, it examines inequality, stratification and resistance, with a particular focus on racialized institutions, ideologies and practices in different nations with a significant population from the African diaspora. Second, it considers qualitative research methods for collecting data on these issues, including the relationships between concepts, theories and data. The focus will be on England, the Netherlands, the United States, and Jamaica, nations inextricably linked through slavery, colonialism and migration. Reference will also be made to other nations such as Brazil and France. Qualitative research methods considered will include ethnography, historical archives, qualitative interviews, site observations and analysis of documents. These research methods are grounded in research methodologies from history, sociology, anthropology, gender and women’s studies, African American studies and museum studies.
These issues and these nations have been at the center my research on the African diaspora over the last 30 years, including manifestations of the legacies of slavery; qualitative methods for data collection; and comparative studies of post-slavery societies. The seminar provides an opportunity to consider the empirical studies I have carried out in each of these nations; to explore the intellectual context that shaped my study and research; and to evaluate the key scholars and theorists that have been central to my research. I will also explore some of the ways in which I have developed projects by working with graduate students who completed doctoral studies with me.