Spring 2021

Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-121  |  History, as HIST-181

Formerly listed as: BLST-47  |  HIST-22


Sean Redding (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST-181 [AF/TE] and BLST-221 [A]) Africa is a continent of fifty-four countries, but in many people's minds, the continent's name conjures up a host of stereotypes—some positive and some negative—that misrepresent the continent as an undifferentiated whole. This course's primary goal is to introduce students to the historical evidence and scholarly conversations about Africa’s pasts from the 1870s to the present. The main themes will be the social, political, and economic impacts of imperial policies on African societies, and the long afterlife of these impacts. We will discuss the construction and alterations of “tribal” identities and nationalist politics, the problems caused by colonial labor policies and the denial of civil rights to Africans, the reconstruction of gender identities and roles, and the emergence of various forms of protest politics in both the colonial and post-colonial periods. Requirements include active participation in class and multiple graded and ungraded written assignments. Three class meetings per week.

Spring semester. Enrollment is limited to 18 students. Professor Redding.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to First-Year students, then to History majors, then to Black Studies majors

Cost: 0 ?


Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Writing, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2020-21: Offered in Spring 2021
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2019, Spring 2020