Spring 2023

Afr Migratns & Globaliz

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-208  |  History, as HIST-211


Olufemi O. Vaughan (Section 01)


(Offered as BLST 208 [A/D] and HIST 211 [AF]) As the crisis of the postcolonial nation-state deepens in the context of globalization and statism in African countries especially in the last three decades, African societies have experienced significant migration of skilled and unskilled workers.  These migration flows are raising new questions about the nature of politics, economics, and culture in various African national and transnational contexts.  To explore the political, social, and economic consequences of these waves of migration in African states and among countries receiving African migrants, this course will examine the following topics at the core of the transformation of African states in the global age:  colonialism and the construction of modern African states; globalization and political legitimacy in postcolonial African states; globalization and African labor migration; globalization and African popular culture; globalization and Africa's new religious movements; globalization and Africa's refugee crisis; Africa and globalization of the media; Africa and the global discourse on gender and sexuality; Africa and the global discourse on AIDS/HIV; Africa and the globalization of football (soccer).  Course readings will focus not only on the impact of globalization and state crisis on African societies, but also on how emerging national and transnational African populations are shaping the processes of globalization.

Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Professor Vaughan.

How to handle overenrollment: Black Studies, History, Religion majors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Written work and oral presentations.

BLST 208 - LEC

Section 01
M 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM CHAP 203
W 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM CHAP 203

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Somalis in Maine: Crossing Cultural Currents North Atlantic Books, 2011 Huisman, Kimberly TBD
Third Wave of Historical Scholarship on Nigeria Santane, Giovanna & Paul Ugor TBD
The State in Africa: The Politics Belly Logman, 1993 Bayart, Jean-Francois TBD
Transnational Africa and Globalization Palgrave Macmillan, 2012 Okome, Mojubalu & Olufemi Vaughan TBD


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2020, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2024