Friday September 4
Monday September 7
Discussion: Documentary Glimpses IAssignment: All the material under the heading Documentary Glimpses I.
Wednesday September 9
Discussion: Documentary Glimpses IIAssignment: All the material under the heading Documentary Glimpses II.
TRANSITIONS to COLONIAL RULE
Friday September 11
Lecture: The Era of 'Legitimate Commerce' and the End of the Slave Trade
Monday September 14
Discussion: Exploration and ConquestAssignment: Henry Morton Stanley, Through the Dark Continent, Volume II, all
Wednesday September 16
Lecture: The 'Scramble' for Africa
RESISTANCE and CONVERSION
Friday September 18
Lecture: African Resistance to Conquest
Monday September 21
Lecture: MissionariesAssignment: 3-4 page paper due.
"Does Stanley's account provide any useful insight into the internal workings of the African societies which he encounters? Can his narrative be used to discuss the motivations, worldview or objectives of African actors? If so, in what ways might you use it to do so? If not, why not? Use specific examples from the text to support your arguments."
Wednesday September 23
Discussion: MissionariesAssignment: All the material under the heading Missionary Documents.
THE COLONIAL STATE
Friday September 25
Lecture: The Establishment of the the Colonial State
Monday September 28
Lecture: Indirect Rule
Wednesday September 30
Discussion: Indirect Rule and Colonial PowerAssignment: All the material under the heading The Dual Mandate in Tropical Africa.
LABOR and COLONIALISM
Friday October 2
African Studies Workshop, University of Pennsylvania
(Students encouraged to attend.)
Monday October 5
Lecture: Cocoa, Cotton and Rubber
Wednesday October 7
Lecture: Mines and Miners
Friday October 9
SCENES from AFRICAN MODERNITIES
Monday October 19
Discussion: White PeopleAssignment: All materials under the heading White People.
Wednesday October 21
Discussion: RooiyardAssignment: All materials under the heading Rooiyard.
Friday October 23
Lecture: Negritude and the Atlantic World
Monday October 26
Discussion: Ambiguous AdventureAssignment: Cheikh Hamidou Kane, Ambiguous Adventure, all.
Wednesday October 28
Discussion: David Gurupira's PleaAssignment: All the materials under the heading Gurupira.
Friday October 29
Discussion: Witchfinding and WitchcraftAssignment: All the materials under the heading Witchcraft.
Monday November 2
Discussion: Not Either an Experimental DollAssignment: Not Either an Experimental Doll , all
Wednesday November 4
Discussion: Court CasesAssignment: All materials under the heading Court Cases.
Assignment: 3-4 page paper due.
Choose one of the following two topics.
1. Are the varying motives, perspectives and roles of the various Europeans encountered so far (Stanley, Lugard, the missionaries, Leopold, the various individuals in White People, Ellen Hellman) of any real significance? Are any of the differences between them meaningful, or were they all more or less supporters of colonialism?
2. Compare African experiences with education in Ambiguous Adventure and Not Either an Experimental Doll . What do the individuals portrayed in these two sources, one a novel and the other a set of real letters between real individuals, expect from education? What do they find? What do the fates of the students suggest about the nature of education in colonial society? How inevitable are these fates?
Friday November 6
Discussion: "Afrique Je Te Plumerai"Assignment: Attend screening of "Afrique Je Te Plumerai".
Monday November 9
Discussion: The Gunny SackAssignment: The Gunny Sack, all
Wednesday November 11
Discussion: "Mister Johnson"Assignment: Attend the screening of the film "Mister Johnson". (Time TBA)
Friday November 13
Monday November 16
Lecture: Imperial Authority Before and After 1945
NATIONALISM and its OTHERS
Wednesday November 18
Lecture: The Origins and Spread of Nationalist ActivismAssignment: Identification. Find a single term or concept which you have learned to define or describe in the course of the semester. Write a one to two paragraph identification of this term.
Friday November 20
Lecture: Worker Protests and Millennial Movements: Other Challenges to Colonial Rule
Monday November 23
Discussion: "Lumumba: La Mort du Prophete"Assignment: Attend a screening of the film "Lumumba: La Mort du Prophete". (SHOWN SUNDAY NIGHT, NOVEMBER 22, 7-9 PM in TROTTER 203)
Wednesday November 25
Discussion: Nationalism and its DiscontentsAssignment: Read all materials under the heading Nationalism.
Assignment: Essay Question. Write an essay question based on the work we have done so far in the course. Then write two outlines mapping out two different arguments in response to your question.
Monday November 30
Lecture: Raising the Flag: Postcolonial Politics, Postcolonial Societies
Tuesday December 1
Showing of "Basi and Company", 7-8 pm, Trotter 203.
Wednesday December 2
Discussion: Robert Kaplan, "The Coming Anarchy"Assignment: Read this article and also these supporting materials.
Assignment: Write a one-page response to Kaplan's article.
Thursday December 3
Talk: David Bunn, University of the Western Cape, "Waterhole Work: Drought and Photography in the Kruger National Park". 4:15 pm, Trotter 203.
Friday December 4
Discussion: Invisible Governance
Assignment: Read Invisible Governance, all
Monday December 7
Lecture: From Juju Music to the WaBenzi: Culture and Society in Postcolonial AfricaAssignment: See videotape of "Basi & Company". (Shown Tuesday December 1, 7-8 pm.)
Wednesday December 9
Discussion: No MercyAssignment: Read No Mercy, as much as possible.