World History Association 3
World history in the United States was born of an ethos of inclusivity that led its practitioners to attack “Eurocentric” Western Civilization narratives and to replace them with global narratives that included regions of the world previously marginalized or excluded from professional “History”. Recent contributions of Africanists to the development of world history have been significant and well documented. Despite of this, African scholars, intellectuals and popular thinkers are yet to be seen as serious participants on debates that shape current understandings of world history. There is now, however, a slow growth of contacts between African scholars and the institutions of “world history”. Yet to what degree will these exchanges reshape the epistemologies, methodologies, and philosophies of world history? This moment calls for an assessment of what a “globalized” world history movement and world history classroom might look like if African scholarly and popular perspectives, historical consciousnesses, and narratives took center stage.