In an attempt to explore key features of the development of the anthropological tradition, this course will examine scholarship related to the development of the anthropology of Africa. Central to the readings are themes related to Africa and the making of a science, Africa and the colonial project, postcoloniality and the contemporary imagination, pan-Africanism and the African diaspora, ethnic Identities and religious Formations, modernity and the anthropology of witchcraft, neoliberalism and the postcolonial state. The goal of the course is to explore the founding tenets of anthropological inquiries and methods and to ponder how those developments contributed to anthropological understandings of Africa in the scholarly imagination. By asking why particular questions emerged and how those inquiries were presented, we will explore the social and political contexts in which particular studies emerged and assess the coherence and value of those analyses. Key to the analysis will be an attempt for students to evaluate sources and construct arguments, taking into account different ideological and/or theoretical approaches.
Section 401 - SEM
CLARKE, M. KAMARI
UNIVERSITY MUSEUM 345
Department of Anthropology
Museum, Room 325, 3260 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 898-7461 Fax: (215) 898-7462