CAAS 490 - Special Topics in Black World Studies
Section: 002
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Class Misc Info:
Meets March 10-April 1. (Drop/Add deadline=Mar. 13.).
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing or permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

This special mini-course, War in Africa: Between History and Memory, taught by visiting Professor Sindani Kiangu of the Democratic Republic of Congos University of Kinshasa, will give students a chance learn about causes and consequences of war in Africa.

It will especially ask: for who (if anyone) is war just? Why do people fight war? And how do they remember war, even generations afterwards? The course will

  1. take up three examples of war from the 1960s Algeria, the Biafran war in Nigeria, and the Mulele rebellion in Congo where people fought wars that they deeply believed were just wars
  2. look at how these wars are remembered up to today
  3. contrast these wars of the 1960s with wars in Africa since 1989 (especially in Nigeria and Congo)
Our key concepts will be history, memory, identity, justice, and a just war. War in Africa is generally analyzed as a set of "real events", focusing on economic dimensions, military technology, and social consequences (refugees, poverty, etc.). This course will underline that for Africans, war is a drama that must also be analyzed in relation to ideas about justice and injustice, thus focusing on why some people made war, how they lived with and negotiated the circumstances of war, and how these ideas of social justice have continued to shape the way people remember war and its outcomes.

The class will function as a workshop and use film, lecture, website exploration, maps, and discussion. No prior knowledge of Africa is necessary. Class requirements for this one-credit course: class attendance; small weekly reading or website assignments; two critical comments or questions (200 words each) on course materials submitted through Coursetools; and a final written comment summarizing what you have learned (300-400 words).

This one-credit class will meet for six sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5-7:30 p.m. from Monday, March 10 through Tuesday, April 1.

CAAS 490 - Special Topics in Black World Studies
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001 (LEC)
M 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: Mini Course-2 credit hr. Course meets March 3th-April 14th, 2008
002 (LEC)
MTu 5:00PM - 7:30PM
Note: Mini Course-1 credit hr. Section 002: Meets with History 590.003 Course meets March 10th-April 1st, 2008
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