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The James Robinson Johnston Chair

About the James Robinson Johnston Chair Position
Who We Are, What We Do, and Our Aims and Objectives


• An Endowed National Senior Academic Chair established at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
• Based in Halifax to honour and recognize the unique historical presence of African Nova Scotians.
• To lead and support knowledge mobilization endeavours on Black Canadian and related studies.
• To further develop and mobilize research on Black peoples in Canada, and the African Diaspora.
• A resource for the study of Black Canada.
• To internationalize Black Canadian Studies through research, and scholarship, and collaboration with national and international scholars and institutions.
• To train young scholars in the diverse disciplines of African Canadian studies.
• To foster an understanding of the cultural diversity of Black Canadians.
• To create a bridge between the academy and the wider African-descended communities.
• To connect local, national, and international Black communities.
• The James R. Johnston Chair is ensconced in the Sociology and Social Anthropology Department in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Dr. Afua Cooper, current JRJ Chair in Black Canadian Studies
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"People want to know, What is black Canadian studies? What are we going to do with it? How are we going to bring such a branch of knowledge to the forefront? It's been a branch that's been marginalized and subjugated and as chair, it's imperative I bring this to the fore." - Dr. Afua Cooper.