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2018 Summer
* GLS 332 / AFS 319 / ANT 372 (HA)   na, npdf

African Modernities: Culture, Politics and Citizenship

Simon E. Gikandi


For most of the twentieth century, modernity and the terms associated with it, including modernization in politics and modernism in literature and art, were central to debates about African pasts, presents, and futures. Debated and disputed for most of the postcolonial period, modernity has either been condemned because of its association with European colonialism on the continent, or welcomed as essential to the economic development of Africa. Modernity sits at the center of a range of African debates on issues ranging from the culture of human rights, claims to citizenship, and entitlement to social and cultural goods.

Sample reading list:
Peter Geschiere, Birgit Meyer and Peter Pels, eds, Readings in Modernity in Africa
Phaswane Mpe, Welcome to Our Hillbrow
James Ferguson, Global Shadows: Africa in the Neo-Liberal World

Reading/Writing assignments:
Class presentations and participation, weekly journals and field reports, one midterm paper and a final research paper

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 45%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required
Not Open to Seniors or Grad Students.

Other information:
This course will meet from 06/09/2018 - 7/20/2018, days/times TBA. In addition to the seminar meetings, students will be required to attend a French Creole language course that will complement the content of the seminar. If interested in applying, please see GPS application.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
10080 S01 TBA        Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed