CAAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
Section: 008 Caribbean its African and Indian Diasporas
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
20
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

This course is essentially about collisions — collisions between colonizers and colonized, collisions between the descendants of old continents, and the internal collisions that take place as individuals make sense of simultaneously competing identities and practices. These collisions, scenes of violent encounters and shattering wholes, create opportunities for pieces to be creatively re-assembled into new forms, perhaps resembling their originals, but always new and different. In the Caribbean, this process of creating new forms from the shattered wholes of European and African traditions has been referred to as creolization. Shalini Puri is critical of using the term creolization and Creole to refer to contemporary Caribbean cultural hybridity since, as she notes,

“Creole hybridity encompasses only those parts of the Caribbean population that are black, white, or the mixed offspring of black and white; the term “Creole,” even as it is used today in much of the English speaking Caribbean, does not include people of Asian descent, groups that together constitute about 20 percent of the population of the West Indies and that in Guyana and Trinidad form the largest ethnic group.”

The term “Dougla,” a Hindi word to refer to African/Indian mixed ethnic ancestry, is increasing used as an alternative to Creole in locations with significant Indian populations. Yet the politics of naming reflect deep seated concerns, biases, and fears that can be traced to colonial “divide and rule” tactics.

In this course, we will trace the scholarly and artistic representation of people of African and Indian ancestry in the Caribbean. Focusing primarily on Trinidad, Guyana and Suriname, the Caribbean nations with significant Indo-Caribbean, as well as Afro-Caribbean populations, we will examine the anthropological, literary and musical documentation and analyses of how Afro- and Indo-Caribbean ethnic groups have been shaped by similar experiences as laborers on plantations in the region, and how they in turn, have indelibly imprinted their traditions and cultures on their New World societies, creating distinct, new social and cultural forms and identities in the process. We will explore how interethnic relations, sexuality, religious practices, political systems, consumption, and festivity have been influenced by creolizing and “douglarizing” processes.

CAAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
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W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Section 003: Meets with WS 343.001 & Hist 393.001
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27937
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Tu 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: Section 004: Meets with Women Studies 342.001.
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27938
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W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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008 (SEM)
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Section 009: Meets w/ Poli Sci 389.007
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