Spring 2018





MLA Proseminar: The New African Diaspora: African Immigrant Lives in West Philadelphia: The New African Diaspora: African Immigrant Lives in West Philadelphia

Term: 
Spring 2017
Online: 
No
Subject Area: 
HISTORY (HIST)
Course Number: 
HIST 560 640
Schedule: 
Wednesday 4:30pm-7:10pm
Day(s): 
Wednesday
Primary Program: 
Master of Liberal Arts
Course Description: 

            This seminar examines the experiences of recent African immigrants and refugees in Philadelphia.  In addition to sampling the literature on African migration and surveying the countries and situations from which African migrants come, the class will explore the many dimensions of African immigrant lives in West Philadelphia.  These include gender and generational roles; issues of religious, racial, and political identity; the effects of international and national immigration policies; the roles of public, private, and non-profit agencies which deal with immigrants in Philadelphia; health and educational issues; and African immigrant relations with their host communities.  We will compare African experiences with those of other immigrant groups in Philadelphia.              Students will consult a variety of sources--newspapers, census data, legal briefs, literature and film, and diaspora Internet sites--to explore the lives, aspirations, and perceptions of Philadelphia's African residents.  There will be opportunities for dialogue with representatives of African religious, business, and neighborhood organizations; and with local government and service agencies.              Class normally will consist of a combination of lectures (including several by invited guests), discussions, video screenings, and presentations by students.  Each week, one or two students will be asked to lead off a portion of the discussion, and at some point during the semester, students will make an oral presentation to the class as part of a team, on some aspect of their research.  In this way, everyone will contribute to our cumulative knowledge of the African immigrant experience.