About the Chair:
The James Robinson Johnston Chair is a national, tenured, senior academic post covering all of Canada based at Dalhousie University. Established in Halifax and reaching across the Diaspora, The Chair honours the distinctive historical presence and unique experiences of African Nova Scotians.
The Chair was founded by a broad coalition of people: academics, intellectuals, housewives, businessmen, and people from all walks of life. The Chair creates a significant contribution to Black Studies in Canada, bridging the academic community with communities beyond Dalhousie University.
The position involves significant research, teaching and collaboration with Black Communities, locally, nationally, and internationally.
Canada has a vast and interesting Black history. As the new Chair, Dr. Afua Cooper is looking forward to pursuing many projects through both her scholarship and community outreach.
Current Chair: Dr. Afua Cooper
"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