AAS 247 - Modern Africa
Section: 001
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This course provides a lively, intense, historical introduction to Africa in the world and to Africans in particular African spaces and places. It is designed for any undergraduate who wants to be culturally and politically literate about Africa as a place, an idea, and as a diverse and complex set of historical worlds. It asks: When and how did Africa and Africans become “modern”? The answer involves thinking about the histories of extraction, humanitarianism, creativity, and dissent in Africa.

Through lecture, discussion, and film, the course introduces students to major events, themes, and dilemmas in sub-Saharan African history, from about 1800 to the present. It begins amidst the turbulence of Africa’s transition from an export trade in slaves to “legitimate commerce”; and covers political, economic, cultural, and everyday aspects of the colonial and the postcolonial periods. Themes and topics will include cities and urban life; class, race, and gender formations; health, ecology, work, and microenvironments; the effects of extractive economies and racialisms on sub-Saharan Africa; and Africans speaking, writing, and making their histories through producing performance, spectacles, politics, and cultural practices and products of all kinds.

Two key principles of this class go like this: 1) learning comes from doing (the class will stress forms of exploration and the keeping of a learning blog or log); and 2) history is a craft (the class will urge you to touch, feel, shape, analyze, and interpret history through attention to original historical sources and small research exercises that open and extend your historical imagination). Readings and assignments will be posted soon; for further information, please contact Prof. Nancy Hunt at nrhunt@umich.edu.

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AAS 247 - Modern Africa
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
Tu 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
Tu 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 9780199796397
African world histories : colonial Africa, 1884-1994, Author: Dennis Laumann., Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780226205595
Season of rains : Africa in the world, Author: Stephen Ellis ; foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu., Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
9780195373134; Africa and the West: A Documentary History, vol. 2: From Colonialism to Independence, 1875 to the Present; William Worger, Nancy Clark, and Edward Alpers; Oxford University Press, 2010; 2nd. ed.
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