HISTORY 208 - Topics in History
Section: 001 Europe and the Black Diaspora
Term: FA 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Requirements & Distribution:
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This lecture-based class surveys Black history in an overlooked place: Europe. Approximately 8-10 million people of African descent call Europe home. Their lives as Britons, French, Germans, Italians, Russians, or other nationalities reveal fascinating stories of globalization, transnationalism, migration, and cultural contact. Public conversations in Europe frequently present Black people on European soil as a new phenomenon, and call the current migration of African refugees to Europe a “crisis.” But the purpose of our class is to learn that people of African descent have always been a part of European history. Beginning in the medieval era, this course will trace black migration to Europe over the past seven centuries, tackling historical events such as the Enlightenment, the transatlantic slave trade, colonialism, and the rise of nationalism along the way. The course also carries a significant digital humanities component: together we will learn digital mapping technologies to create our own map of Black Europe.

Course Requirements:

An exam, an essay and a digital mapping project.

Intended Audience:

History, DAAS, PICS students and all others!

HISTORY 208 - Topics in History
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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