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1999 Report Index

Director's Statement 
Organizational Chart 

Summary of Research Highlights 

Other Projects and Activities 



Statistical Summary 

Staff/Advisory Board 

Other Participants 




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Staff transitions slowed progress in this area.


Through its publishing venture the Center aims to:

• serve as a source of intellectual stimulus for those connected with the Center at UCSB now and in the future;

• become a clearing house for ideas and provide a forum for both experienced and new authors from the Black community and other progressive groups;

• convey a sense of intellectual urgency which questions existing assumptions and ideas;

• demonstrate an aggressive approach towards the existing literature and promote works that deal not only with past historical and cultural matters but with the real issues of the day;

• expose the gaps and limitations of the existing literature;

• question the existing framework of discussion and encourage debate across discipline and across geographic regions;

• discourage the use of academic jargon while insisting on clarity and precision;

• create a climate wherein the discussion is not just simply about Black issues, but about American society and societies around the world as well;

• offer ideas and recommendations which may positively impact public policies;

• publish an intellectual forum that transcends the limitations of existing journals on Black issues by maintaining a high standard of discussion and debate.

It is against this background that the Center for Black Studies is on the threshold of launching a number of publishing ventures:


The Center hoped to publish a Working Paper Series to discuss new knowledge and research on specific questions of interest.  Papers to be included were presentations made at the Center's Colloquia which have typically been held twice a month over the past years. Research findings from faculty and graduate students research projects which received funding from the Center will be included in this category. We have attempted to collect papers for this project for about two years.  We plan to abandon this project in its current form, as faculty members do not seem ready to submit a final version of their paper at the time that they present at the Center for Black Studies. What they present is more of a work in progress versus material that is ready for publication. We thought that putting the few publications that we received on the Web may be a less costly option than trying to proceed with formal publications. We will investigate this option.


The Center is putting together a collection of essays from former dissertation fellows. This consists of work done by a selected number of the 50 fellows who have been associated with the Center over the past 25 years.  The goal is to document some of the best research which has emerged from the Center since its inception.  We have not yet approached a publisher for this project since we are still gathering material and chapters. Professor Cynthia Hudley is assisting with this project. Due to internal difficulties, we were not able to work on this project this year but plan to move forward during 1999-2000.


The Center is in the process of editing a book on the work of former and current UCSB faculty whose scholarship focuses on various aspects of the African/African-American experience. This is a way for us to also document the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of Black Studies research. Professor Jacqueline Bobo is taking the lead on this project.  Papers were scanned and requests for permission were submitted in 1998-99.


A first draft of a collection of essays titled "Culture of Illusion/Illusion of Culture: The Case of Disney" was completed in July of 1998.  The book will be published under the auspices of the Center and we hope to make considerable progress toward its completion in 1999-00.

            A first draft is complete and publication is expected in 2000 of "The Spirit and The Reality: Vodou and Haiti”.  It will be published under the auspices of the Center, by the University Press of Florida, a leading publisher in the area of Caribbean Studies.


Journal of Haitian Studies (JOHS)

I was appointed as the new editor of JOHS, the only refereed journal focusing on scholarship about Haiti.  The journal serves as one of the few scholarly instruments that informs the world about Haiti, its institutions, its culture and its people.  Interdisciplinary to the core, it combines the arts, the sciences and the humanities and is published in three languages: English, Creole, and French. JOHS will be published through the Center for Black Studies starting in early 2000 with some financial support from The Haitian Studies Association. The Center will assist with secretarial and editorial support and we will also seek additional support from other entities on campus to ensure the publication of a top-notch journal. A database was produced during 1998-99 and subscription solicitations were mailed with encouraging results. Potential contributors were contacted and we have received several articles for consideration.

Inter-Ethnic Journal

After rethinking priorities, we decided against starting a new journal called Black Insights. Associate Director, Jacqueline Bobo, and I have prepared a first draft of a proposal to launch  a UC Inter-Ethnic Journal