AAAS 107 SyllSpr2010

AAAS 107 SyllSpr2010 - INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN STUDIES AAAS...

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INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN STUDIES C. Piot AAAS 107 Spring 2010 Tuesday/Thursday 1:15-2:30, Old Chem 116 Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-5pm, 214 Friedl Phone: 681-3264; email: cpiot@duke.edu This course is a broad-strokes introduction to the history, politics, culture, aesthetics and religion of African peoples. Through a variety of sources – scholarly works by historians and anthropologists, films, journalistic accounts, a novel – we will explore ways in which Africans across the continent have creatively responded to the slave trade, to colonialism, and to the more recent crises of a globalized postcolonial world. An important focus of the class will be on interrogating Euroamerican representations of Africa, and the way in which they are often at odds with African realities. The need to think critically about such representations is particularly pressing at a moment when images of “Africa as failure” – as a place of famine, warfare, AIDS, failed democracies, failed development – have, yet again, come to dominate Euroamerican popular and media understandings. Course Requirements
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This note was uploaded on 05/25/2010 for the course AAAS 107 taught by Professor Stephensmith during the Spring '09 term at Duke.

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