This course will attempt to engage students in an interdisciplinary conversation about the epistemological, methodological, and political interventions framing/grounding/informing Africana Studies as a scholarly endeavor. Students will be asked to consider the context and content of this evolving field/discipline, examining the ideological and intellectual issues that drive debates within (and critiques of) African-American/Africana Studies (indeed, the very difference in such designations bespeaks important demographic and ideological shifts within the academy and beyond). Students will be introduced to some of the major historical and contemporary literatures in Africana Studies across the humanities and social sciences, emphasizing "diaspora" as a guiding construct and organizing principle. Class discussions will be aimed at expanding students' knowledge of the sources available for research in Africana Studies - with an eye toward guiding their preparation for future scholarly research informed by the questions and critical conceptualizations emerging from Africana Studies.
Section 401 - SEM
THOMAS, DEBORAH A.
UNIVERSITY MUSEUM 328
Department of Anthropology
Museum, Room 325, 3260 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
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