Africa Is Not a Country

Fall
Fall 2018
Olympia
Olympia
Daytime
Day
Freshman-Senior
Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 50
25% Reserved for Freshmen
16
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Sarah Eltantawi square
comparative religion
Bradley Proctor
U.S. history, African American history, American studies

Africa has long been characterized as one “nation” or a “country” by uninformed outsiders. This interdisciplinary program will historicize and complicate totalizing narratives that position Africa as undiverse, undeveloped, and principally as an origin for natural and human resources. This program seeks to disrupt colonial narratives by analyzing Africa as a diverse place, exploring examples of different pieces of African history, culture, music, literature, and religion. Through lectures, seminars, books, articles, poetry, songs, and films, students will explore Africa--and, to a lesser extent, African descended people in the diaspora--through multivalent modes of inquiry. Potential readings include Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World; the novel Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; the Nigerian play Death of the King’s Horseman by Wole Soyinka; The Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, a primary source account of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade; and Shari'ah on Trial: Northern Nigeria's Islamic Revolution. In addition to weekly in-class writing exercises, students will be expected to develop one short (3-page) essay early in the quarter, and a longer (5-8-page) essay later. Students will end the quarter with solo presentations on subjects of their choosing in negotiation with faculty.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

International relations, ethnomusicology, religious studies, African studies, history, performance studies.

16

Credits per quarter

Online learning:
  • No Required Online Learning - No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional.
Freshman-Senior
Class Standing: Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 50
25% Reserved for Freshmen
Daytime

Scheduled for: Day

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 9:00 am
SEM 2 C1105 - Lecture

Located in: Olympia