AAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
Section: 007 Symbolic Language Communication in Akan Visual and Performing Arts
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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Since 500 AD, the Akan civilization created symbolic language encoded in pictographs that decorate smoked-glazed pottery and terracotta objects, carved wooden stools, adinkra cloth symbols, kente cloth designs, architectural building designs, gold weights, and the vast array of complex regalia associated with political authority. Additionally, symbolic language is expressed in various forms in the performing arts in ritual and non-ritual contexts. Never lacking in continuity, modern Akan use the arts as a medium for expressing the most profound philosophical and religious thoughts. The course will seek to unpack the Akan symbolic language and communication systems by asking the following questions: How and what do these objects communicate? What is the nature of historical knowledge the visual and performing arts carry? And several questions that students will generate.

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AAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
21488
Open
35
 
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MW 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: CAAS 358.001 meets with DANCE 348.001.
002 (SEM)
P
25762
Open
35
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
005 (SEM)
P
28528
Open
15
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
007 (SEM)
P
25763
Open
18
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Advisory prerequisite: Senior Standing
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