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DHUM 1400A - Echoes of Africa

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

What is Africa for its diaspora of the Atlantic? This is the significant intellectual question that this course will explore. Can the continent be confined to its physical and geographical materiality? Is the African continent a discourse, a project, or a desire? Each developed, envisioned or expressed by its inhabitants as well as the members of its diaspora? Surveying both historical periods and contemporary times, students attending this course will be invited to examine, journey through, and interpret the various historical, political, and cultural elements, figures, and movements that have contributed to shaping global visions and understandings of the African continent.


SOUMAHORO, Maboula (maitre de conférences)

Course validation

1. Students are expected to attend all classes, complete all assigned readings and actively participate in class discussions. Absence from more than 2 classes will result in a failing grade. 2. Students are required to make oral presentations individually or in groups, based on the number of students (25% of final grade). Oral presentations must be supported by a written version of the presentation (25% of final grade). Following their oral presentation students will lead class discussion around their assigned topic. 3. Students will either: - write an 8 to 10-page, double-spaced research paper (notes and bibliography included) addressing issues studied over the semester ; OR - Complete a digital project. (50% of final grade)

Required reading

Amzat Boukari-Yabara, African Unite! Une histoire du panafricanisme, Paris: Edition La Découverte, 2014

Additional required reading

  • Michael A. Gomez, Reversing Sail : A History of the African Diaspora, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2005
  • Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing, New York : Knopf, 2016
  • Saidiya Hartman, Lose your Mother: A Journey along the Atlantic Slave Route, New York: Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2007
  • Claude McKay, Amiable with Big Teeth, New York: Penguin Books, 2017