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

Fall 2004

ANT 392Q • Intro to Grad Anthroology: African Diaspora

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
28630 TH
9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Course Description

Over the course of the last decade there has been an explosion of research and analyses concerning the cultural dynamics of the African Diaspora. This seminar is an exploratory effort staged to facilitate the rethinking of the basic precepts underlying Diaspora scholarship in light of past and, especially, more recent theorization in this area. The course content is fairly comprehensive and covers competing theories of Diaspora, various intersections of race, gender, culture, and sexuality in identity construction and politics, and the role of Africa in historical consciousness and constructions of blackness throughout the Diaspora. In approaching the past and present diversity of experiences across the African Diaspora, we will consider case studies from the U.S., Caribbean, the U.K., and Latin America.

In the first portion of the seminar we will explore the varying ways in which Diasporas have been theorized. This will be followed by a section in which we read and discuss ideas of nation, ethnicity, race and racism, as they impact peoples and cultures of African descent within their diasporas. The final section of the seminar will be devoted to the discussion of the varying ways in which race, sexuality, and gender are articulated in particular experiences of African Diasporic peoples. This seminar meets the Dept. of Anthropology's core requirement. As a "sixth" core course, it addresses both the anthropology and archaeology of the African Diaspora.


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