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Joseph Jordan is associate professor , African/African-American Studies, and director of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the former director of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History in Atlanta and was founding chair of African/African-American Studies at Antioch College.
His research focuses on the interaction of art, politics and culture in the African diaspora. His recent work includes: “Afro-Colombia: A Case for Pan-African Analysis” (book chapter) in Transnational Blackness: Navigating the Global Color-Line, Critical Black Studies Series (2008); “Globilizacíon y Derechos de Propiedad Intelectual: Problemas y Perspectivas,” Política Exterior y Soberania. Publicacíon Trimestral del Instituto de Altos Estudios Diplomáticos ‘Pedro Gual’ ,Julio-Septiembere 2007; “Cabral, Solidarity and the African Diaspora in the Americas” (book chapter) in Cabral no Cruzamento de Épocas: Comunicações e Discursos Produzidos no II Simpósio Internacional Amílcar Cabral, (2005); “The Call of Revolution: The Anti-Apartheid Movement in the 1970’s” (book chapter) in No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists, 1953-2002, Africa World Press (2007).
He also has a chapter entitled: “Every Little Bit Hurts: Paul Gilroy, Moral Panic, and the Soundtrack of Globalisation,” in The Paul Gilroy Reader, UNC Press (Forthcoming 2009).
Jordan has also organized and curated over 20 exhibits including:Black Dreams and Silver Screens: Black Film Posters, 1921-2004;Radicals in Black and Brown: Palante¡,People’s Power and Common Cause in The Black Panthers and the Young Lords Organization;Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America; and The Vision of Gordon Parks, Frederick Douglass Home, Washington, DC,. October 14 –November 13, 1989.
He is the co-chair of TransAfrica Forum’s Scholar’s Council, and a Board member of the Doc Arts Board, sponsor of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.