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Global Africa

ANTH 110
Fall 2016
Section: 01  
Course Cluster: African Studies

Despite being forged over centuries of trans-oceanic movement, colonization, slavery, and structural adjustment, "African culture" is too often approached as peripheral and archaic. This course moves Africa from the margins to the center of histories of globalization to understand how Africa and Africans have shaped the emergence of modern world systems and global cultural economies. Equally, it puts world-spanning movement and connection at the center of African Cultural Studies to understand how global circulations of people and things, images and sounds, narratives and styles have shaped African cultural production and everyday life. Students will critically examine the images, narratives, and representations of Africa that circulate globally. Course materials pair novels, films, visual arts, and music produced in Africa and its Diaspora with interdisciplinary readings from history, anthropology, philosophy, urban studies, and literary theory. Students will become familiar with the diversity of connections through which Africa has gone global, study how African artists and other cultural producers have shaped and responded to these connections, and cultivate a critical perspective on Africa's contemporary place in the world.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ANTH
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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