African-Centered Psychology/Studies

“There can be no African psychology/studies without an African history, memory and past. To speak, then, of African psychology/studies, it is important, even imperative, to excavate its past, exhume its memory, and rehabilitate its history” (Ebede Ndi, 2016).

In this program, we critically evaluate what is perceived as shortcomings in the scholarly field of African-centered psychology/studies, specifically in terms of the existence of an African identity. Is there a universal African identity that unites Africans in the diaspora and those on the continent? Or is there a relative African identity, emphasizing diversity and differences among African people both on the continent and in the diaspora? We look at three paths to answer these questions:

(a) move beyond discussions on ideologies and identities,

(b) concentrate on developing practical applications of its guiding principles, and

(c) reclaim the relevance of an African history, memory, and past.

In other words, having reclaimed African history, memory and past, African-centered psychology can move
away from ism and advance toward more praxis.

African-Centered Psychology/Studies Professors

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