CAAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
Section: 101 Anthropology and the Making of Africana Studies
Term: SP 2008
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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This six week, 3-credit course for undergraduates explores the contributions of American anthropologist Melville J. Herskovits (1895-1963) to the fields of anthropology and Africana studies. Aside from his active involvement in the establishment of the study of African-descended peoples in the New World, Herskovits was also an avid researcher of cultural practices on the African continent. While the course provides an introduction to the historical figure of Herskovits, its larger goals are to discuss the implications of his research interests in relation to the development of broader theoretical themes within the fields of anthropology and African American and African Studies. More importantly, and perhaps more interestingly, we will approach Herskovits' legacy with an eye towards the questions that preoccupied him, many of which foreshadowed much later, postmodern/postcolonial themes now prevalent in anthropology. Topics will include: ethnohistory, slavery, syncretism/creolization, culture change, colonialism, power, resistance, race and ethnicity.

CAAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
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101 (SEM)
TuTh 12:00PM - 3:00PM
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102 (SEM)
TuTh 11:00AM - 2:00PM
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