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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Summer 2009

ANT 324L • Theories, Histories, And Politics Of The African Diaspora In The Americas

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Course Description

This course seeks to provide participants with an overview of the theories, histories, and politics of the African Diaspora in the Americas. The main themes of the course - the histories, politics, and knowledges of the African Diaspora in the Americas from the perspective of black peoples – are often excluded from academic and public debates. This course intends to fill such void. Participants of the course, lectures and debates will be expected to master and apply concepts necessary to understand and intervene in the struggles of black peoples in the Americas. The course is divided in the following four modules: I. Routes and Roots of the African Diaspora (Theory I) II. Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the African Diaspora (Theory II) III. Foundations of Critical Black Thought and Praxis IV. Engaging the Local, the National, and the Transnational: Black Politics and Identity (Ethnographic Project)

Hour(S) To Be Arranged. Course Number May Be Repeated For Credit When The Topics Vary. Some Topics Partially Fulfill Legislative Requirement For American History; These Are Identified In The Course Schedule. Prerequisite: Varies With The Topic And Is Given In The Course Schedule. Topic Description: Theories, Histories, And Politics Of The African Disapora In The Americas. Taught In Brazil. Study Abroad. Class Meets May 27-July 5.

Grading Policy

Ethnographic project: 40% Class participation: 10% Class attencance: 10% Two exams: 20% each


A course reader will be required. sample of the readings: W.E.B. Dubois, The Negro Cedric Robinson, Black Marxism Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought Frantz Fanon, Los Condenados de la Tierra Frantz Fanon, Piel Negra, Máscaras Brancas Abdias do Nascimento, Mixture or Massacre Angela Davis, Race, Gender & Class bell hooks, Feminism is for Everybody Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider Barbara Smith, The Truth that Never Hurts Joy James, Shadowboxing Mohanty, Decolonizing Feminism James Baldwin, Another Country Robin Kelley, Freedom Dreams


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