During this introductory course on Africa, we have addressed some of the great challenges
facing Africans in the 21st century. Having arrived at the end of the course, in this lecture we
will focus on areas of resilience, creativity
When we look at edenic photographs of its landscapes and animals, Africa's closeness to nature
appears unmistakable. However, such scenes of the African landscape are contrasted with very
different images of nature - the frequent na
Who is an African? Who Speaks for Africa?
This lecture on identity and ethnicity in Africa addresses important and sensitive issues for the
continent, where ethnic affiliations have been both a resource of resilience, identity and
Defining Security in Africa
What is the status of security in Africa? As elsewhere, security in Africa "is about real questions
of safety and violence" (Buur, Jensen and Stepputat, 2007, 12). Current conflict situations in
Africa include the ren
In 2005, the African Union, the Pan-African political body, explicitly recognized the
contribution of members of the African Diaspora to Africa and African unity. The African Union
wrote into its ruling the following definition of t
South Africa Apartheid, the Anti-aprtheid Struggle and the Global Anitoapartheid Movement
The ideology of apartheid was inst ituted in South Africa in 1948 when the National Party was
voted into power, and only ended in 1994, when Blacks were ab
What images occur to you when you hear the word "Africa"?
For many people in the global North, images of Africa range from primitivism and violence to
innocence and exotic beauty. News reports about the continent tend to focus on issues of war,
Gender and sexuality are among the most important, yet also controversial, subjects in African
Studies. In this lecture we address some of the complexities regarding these topics in
contemporary Africa. African women and men face the
For contemporary Africa, trade is not only about economics, but also about history and po litics.
During this lecture, we will expand our idea of the African map to take into account the
economic relations between countries in the Gl
Lesson 1: The Study of Africa
Africa has a particularly significant presence in American history, politics and popular culture.
The continent shares an interrelated history, contemporary politics, and a deep cultural
relationship with th