CAAS 211 - Dynamics of the Black Diaspora
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
CAAS 111.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Diaspora is a term that has been associated with the migration of people of African descent to America and other parts of the world. What is the history of the term? How does it relate to travel, mobility, border-crossing, and the meanings of identity and place making? How are these concepts gendered and given cultural and political meanings in the era of transnationlism and globalization. In this course we will respond to these questions and show how the history of African diaspora is situated in the complex social and political constructions of social norms, especially those of race, ethnicity, class, and health and reproduction? We will particularly explore how questions of power, gender, and class intersect to shape diaspora struggles and consciousness and how diaspora population create and "imagine" their own social spaces and locations within their new settings and with reference to their homelands. We will also analyze the increasing trends of mobility and (dis)placement with reference to the rapidly increasing liberalization of global economies and the escalation of poverty, militarism, wars, and violence. Our readings and discussion will focus on cultural and theoretical perspectives from Anthropology, African Studies, and Women's Studies. Focusing on the 'dynamics of Black diasporas' has become a central concern for CAAS, that we as teachers and students attempt to document and understand. CAAS 211 builds upon the foundation of CAAS 111 and satisfies as well the 200-level "cross-area" requirement for concentrators.

CAAS 211 - Dynamics of the Black Diaspora
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001 (LEC)
Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
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