Of the many things that distinguish Africana Studies from other fields of knowledge, most remarkable are its creative uses and critiques of disciplinary perspectives. In some instances, a scholar in the field might move between disciplines; in others, a scholar might integrate two or more disciplines into one point of view. Disciplinary creativity accommodates the array of information–written texts, music, visual art, film–that contributes to our understanding of the African Diaspora. This seminar will illuminate the disciplinary nuances and challenges of studying people of African descent. After outlining genealogies of Africana Studies and the field’s complicated relationships to social science disciplines, students will closely read classic texts by some of the pioneers in the field and explore their uses of disciplinary perspectives. In the latter half of the course, students will have the opportunity to design and conduct their own research projects with the aforementioned disciplinary concerns in mind.
The Class: Type: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based upon class participation, a couple of short papers and the completion of a final research paper or project
Enrollment Preference: Africana Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: AFR Core Electives; AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora;
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- AFR 405 - 01 (S) SEM Afr Studies & the Disciplines