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Spring 2018-2019
* LAS 217 / POR 217 / AFS 217 / ANT 339 (SA)   na, npdf

Brazil-Africa: Critical Perspectives on South-South Networks

Miqueias H. Mugge

This course explores the Brazil-Africa nexus in history and today. It combines perspectives from the social sciences, the humanities and the arts, and focuses on dynamics of exchange, domination and resistance. We will critically examine the place of Brazil and Africa in European imperialism and assess the impact of the South Atlantic slave trade. We will also consider decolonization struggles and solidarities. The course ends with a critique of Brazil's recent venture into the global stage and a reflection on China as an increasingly powerful, potential geopolitical partner for both Brazil and Africa.

Sample reading list:
Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic
João José Reis, Slave Rebellion in Brazil
Gilberto Freyre, The Masters & The Slaves
Jerry D'Ávila, Hotel Trópico
Pierre Verger, Africa in Latin America
Mia Couto, Woman of the Ashes
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
80-100 pages reading per week; weekly discussion board postings; take-home midterm exam; final project in form of final paper or art project.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Other Exam - 20%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
Guest speaker: Lilia M. Schwarcz, Professor of Anthropology at Universidade de São Paulo. Students pursuing a Certificate in Portuguese are required to complete all written work in Portuguese.

Reserved Seats:
First Year Ugrd Only 5
Sophomores Only 5
Juniors Only 4
Seniors Only 1

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42347 C01 07:30:00 pm - 10:20:00 pm M        Enrolled:0 Limit:15