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Fall 2017-2018
HIS 578 / AAS 578   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Topics in African Diaspora History - Emancipation, Migration, Decolonization

Joshua B. Guild

This readings course considers the dispersals, political movements, cultural production, social bonds, and intellectual labors that together have constituted and continually re-configured the modern African diaspora, from the emergence and collapse of the Atlantic slave system through the late twentieth century. The course tracks the evolution of diaspora as an idea and analytical framework, highlighting its intersections with concepts of Pan-Africanism, black nationalism, cosmopolitanism, and citizenship.

Sample reading list:
Laurent Dubois, Avengers of the New World
Cedric Robinson, Black Marxism
Brent Hayes Edwards, Practice of Diaspora
Lara Putnam, Radical Moves
Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic
Ada Ferrer, Freedom's Mirror
See instructor for complete list

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Papers - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 35%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Other information:
Emphasizing developments in the 19th and 20th centuries, with particular attention paid to the circum-Caribbean, this course focuses on the themes of emancipation, migration, and decolonization. Related topics include the Haitian Revolution, slave rebellions, marronage, and abolition; intra-regional and transnational migrations; labor organizing and militancy; nationalism and independence movements; the black radical tradition; and transnational feminisms.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23012 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Dickinson Hall   230   Enrolled:8 Limit:15