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Beginning the International Decade of People of African Descent

The 2nd Biennial Black Canadian Studies Association Conference was held in Halifax, May 2015


Dr. Afua Cooper, Current JRJ Chair in Black Canadian Studies

Dr. Cooper's mandate is to help advance the field of Black Canadian Studies, and to foster an understanding of the cultural diversity of black Canadians through teaching, research, publications, national networks and presentations


Active Research in Black Canadian History

Dr. Cooper conducts research that draws from the fields of history, literature, women's studies, creative writing and African studies.


A journey through Black Canadian history and beyond
WAR OF 1812 WEB2


Dal launches new minor in Black and African Diaspora Studies

Matt Reeder - June 20, 2016

Dalhousie students interested in exploring the experiences of Black Canadians and the global African diaspora from a historical and contemporary perspective will soon have just the program they’re looking for.

This fall, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) is launching an interdisciplinary minor in Black and African Diaspora Studies.

While the minor will be a natural fit for students in disciplines such as History, Sociology and International Development Studies, it is also open to undergraduates in Science, Commerce, Management, Computer Science and Informatics.

"The Black presence in this country is not just something that happened after 1945 as many people think," says Dr. Cooper, who is the James R. Robinson Chair in Black Canadian Studies at Dal. "I want learners to have a sense that this is a community with a long history here."