Growth of Canadian Black studies could reverse “Black brain drain”

August 9, 2019

After decades of tireless efforts from Black scholars and student activists, the field of Black studies has seen growing recognition in the Canadian academy, as well as formal recognition, funding, and space. Angelyn Francis highlights the increasing introduction of new programming, growing demands from Black faculty members, and calls for support for related initiatives in Canada. “It’s a long process. Curriculum change, even for a minor, can take a year-and-a-half or two years, sometimes more,” said Concordia University’s dean of arts and science André Roy, who added that a major issue with offering an interdisciplinary Black studies major is “who’s going to teach in it, and whether we have enough Black scholars to make it a Black studies program that would be reflective of the Black experience.” Charmaine Nelson, an art history professor at McGill University, added that a degree major – as opposed to simply introducing minors – would help secure funding for new faculty and reverse what she calls a “Black brain drain.” University Affairs. (National)