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Fall 2018-2019
* AAS 442 / AFS 442 / COM 425 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Radical African Thought and Revolutionary Youth Culture

Wendy L. Belcher

African thought continues to be marginalized, even though radical black intellectuals have shaped a number of social movements and global intellectual history. African youths are innovating new models that are revolutionizing the sciences, law, social and visual media, fashion, etc. In this class, we read classics of African thought and study contemporary African youth culture together to theorize what is happening in Africa today. This includes reading such African theorists as Frantz Fanon, V. Y. Mudimbe, and Achille Mbembe, and researching innovations in contemporary African urban popular culture.

Sample reading list:
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
Anthony Bogues, Black Heretics, Black Prophets
Paul Ugor and Lord Mawuko-Yevugah, African Youth Cultures in a Globalized World
Guy Martin, African Political Thought
Jean and John Comaroff, Theory from the South

Reading/Writing assignments:
Each week, students will read approximately 75 pages of secondary literature and conduct online research of contemporary African youth movements. Over the term, students will each write two deeply-researched Wikipedia articles on an overlooked topic in African thought or history. They will also conduct a critical analysis paper of an assigned secondary literature text and present it in class.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21950 S01 07:30:00 pm - 10:20:00 pm T   Stanhope Hall   101   Enrolled:12 Limit:15