Fall 2017

Anthropology of the African Diaspora

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-207


Haile E. Cole (Section 01)


This course begins with a brief overview of the African societies from which people were taken and enslaved. It then focuses on the dispersal of slaves throughout the world, asking “What is the African Diaspora”? Using ethnographies, documentaries, and novels, as well as critical theory emanating from Anthropology and beyond, the course explores the racial, political, and social similarities and differences within and between the communities constituting the African Diaspora, opening the category up to a non-essentializing, sociohistorical nuance.

Limited to 35 students.  Fall semester.  Visiting Professor H. Cole.

ANTH 207 - L/D

Section 01
M 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM BARR 102
W 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM BARR 102

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
iVenceremos?: The Erotics of Black Self-making in Cuba Duke University Press Allen, Jafari Amherst Books TBD
Dropping Anchor, Setting Sail: Geographies of Race in Black Liverpool Princeton University Press Brown, Jacqueline Amherst Books TBD
Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route Farrar, Straus & Giroux Hartman, Saidiya Amherst Books TBD
Harlemworld: Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America University of Chicago Press Jackson, John Amherst Books TBD
A Small Place Farrar, Straus & Giroux Kincaid, Jamaica Amherst Books TBD
The Birth of African-American Culture: An Anthropological Perspective Beacon Press Mintz, Sidney, and Price, Richard Amherst Books TBD
The Predicament of Blackness: Postcolonial Ghana and the Politics of Race University of Chicago Press Pierre, Jemima Amherst Books TBD
The Politics of Passion: Women's Sexual Culture in the Afro-Surinamese Diaspora (Between Men-Between Women: Lesbian and Gay Studies) Columbia University Press Wekker, Gloria Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2017, Fall 2018