Date of Submission

Spring 2013

Academic Program

Anthropology

Project Advisor 1

Yuka Suzuki

Abstract/Artist's Statement

This project deals with the articulation of African-American students’ identity in relation their communities and the Bard College context. I make the argument that African-American students construct their identities according to what they perceive as culturally significant. This project aims to explore different spectrums of possibilities through which African-American identity is expressed according to the prevalent stakes in the context, as well as the ways in which cultural patterns and styles are created. Throughout this study, I investigate conceptions of “Africaness” and “Blackness” within Diasporic identity through examining specifically the Bard community. I also discuss a range of symbolic representations of identity emerging from the connections between Africa and its Diasporas.

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