Week of November 14: Africana Psychology with Dr. Karanja Carroll

For Wednesday 11/14, we’ll welcome a special guest speaker to lead tonight’s discussion:

Karanja Keita Carroll, Ph.D. is currently an independent scholar and adjunct professor of Africana Studies at Baruch College (CUNY) and the County College of Morris in New Jersey. From 2006- 2015 he taught at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz in the Department of Black Studies, as an Associate Professor of Africana/Black Studies. Since 2000 Dr. Carroll has provided a variety of education, pedagogy and social justice workshops throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has also taught inside a variety of correctional institutions including: SCI-Chester, SCI-Graterford, Brookwood Juvenile Facility, Shawangunk Correctional Facility, Wallkill Correctional Facility and Sullivan Correctional Facility. His teaching and research interests revolve around African- centered theory & methodology, with an emphasis on social and psychological theory. His publications have appeared in Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies, Western Journal of Black Studies, Journal of the International Society of Teacher Education, Critical Sociology, Race, Gender & Class and numerous edited volumes. He is also Associate Editor of Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies. Dr. Carroll is an African-centered social theorist who is thoroughly committed to the African-centered imperative, one that is grounded in the creation and utilization of culturally-specific frameworks in order to understand and create solutions for humanity. Dr. Carroll is committed to “academic excellence and social responsibility” as originally articulated by the National Council for Black Studies.

To prepare for his talk: Read his essay “A genealogical analysis of the worldview framework in African-centered psychology.” The Journal of Pan African Studies 3, no. 8 (2010): 109-134. PDF online here.

Focus on the following sections:

  • Worldview and Methodology, specifically pp. 8-9 understand the definitions and the difference between European and African worldview and how this affects methodology.
  • Axiology, epistemology, and logic: (pp. 10-13) look for definitions and how Africana Studies approaches each one
  • Cosmology, ontology, teleology, and ideology: (pp. 14-18) look for definitions and how Africana Studies approaches each one
  • It will be helpful to write out brief definitions of the key terms in your notes as you read

Quick highlights from 11/7 class:

  • Class was cancelled (by me)