This seminar course will provide students with an introduction to diverse histories, political beliefs, and mobilization strategies of 20th and 21st century Afro-Latin American social movements, as well as their relationship with their respective governments. Primary documents, audiovisual texts and social science research will complement lectures and class discussions to prepare students to discuss the contributions and critiques of the movements within broader discussions of the politics of blackness in the African Diaspora. While the course focuses on contemporary experiences activism, each topic is introduced with a historical overview of African-descended peoples in Latin America. By the course’s conclusion, students should be able to discuss a wide range of ideas, experiences, and strategies of black politics in the Latin America as well as the similarities in themes and characteristics that have shaped much of the experiences. Furthermore, students should be able to assess the ways in which black movements in Latin America have: challenged hegemonic narratives, approached politics of culture and multiculturalism, contested invisibility, utilized transnational diasporic politics, and (re)defined conceptualizations of citizenship and belonging.
The Class: Type: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on in-class participation, weekly reading responses, a book review, and a final paper and presentation
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Enrollment Preference: Africana Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II;
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- AFR 382 - 01 (S) SEM Afro-Latin American Movements