Fall 2014 Graduate Courses in IAS

AFS 566: African Historiography

Monday 1 - 4pm
Clifton Crais

Cross-listed as HST 566


The primary goal of this seminar is to work towards a critical understanding of, and engagement with, how various publics have emerged around imagining the African past. We will explore the conceptual practices shaping historical production, the ways scholars have framed and reframed questions on and about the past. An important challenge will be to work towards envisioning unexpected questions, unanticipated histories. A secondary goal of the seminar is to prepare advanced students preparing for field exams and who anticipate researching and teaching about Africa. While focused especially on the past, the seminar is in essence interdisciplinary, though we will have occasion to consider what is meant, and what is left unsaid, by the word "discipline".


AFS 564: Africa: The Era of the Slave Trade

Tuesday 4 - 7pm
Kristin Mann

Cross-listed as HST 564


This course focuses on the history of selected African societies from the sixteenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries. It will begin with an examination of the Atlantic slave trade and its impact on Africa and return intermittently to these subjects. The primary goal, however, is to study the political, economic, social, and cultural history of a number of peoples who participated in the Atlantic slave trade or were touched by it during the era of their involvement. The course is designed to serve both as a colloquium on the pre-colonial history of West and West-central Africa and as an introduction to the history and culture of African peoples who entered the diaspora during the era of the slave trade. Its audience is students interested in the history of Africa, the African diaspora, and the Atlantic world, as well as those who want to learn about the history of the slave trade. Case studies will include the Yoruba, Akan, and Fon, as well as Senegambian and West-central African peoples.

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