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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2006

HIS 350L • Afro-Latin America-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38790 -TBA


Course Description

This course examines the historical experiences of people of African descent in Latin America and the Caribbean (often called "Afro-Latin America"). The guiding questions of this course are: Can the histories of Africans and their descendants be contained within the confines of nation? Are there alternative frameworks (transnational and/or Diasporic) that can better enhance our understanding of these histories? While the course will begin in the slavery era, most of our attention will focus on the histories of Afro-Latin Americans after emancipation. Topics we will explore include: African-derived cultures in the Americas, the Haitian Revolution and its impact on articulations of race and nation in the region, debates on racial democracy, the relationship between gender and race, and recent attempts to write histories of racialization from transnational and diaspora perspectives. While historians have written most of the work we will read in this course, we will also engage the works of anthropologists and sociologists who have also been key contributors to the field.

Students will be expected to engage in a regular writing throughout the semester. Writing assignments will include: a short theoretical essay (5-7 pages) which will be due within the first few weeks of the semester, a short proposal (2-3 pages) for your final research paper, a draft of your final paper (minimum 5 pages) to be prepared for in class peer reviewing, and the final version of the research paper (12-15 pages). Students will also be required to post responses to the weekly readings on Blackboard every week. Since the format of the course is that of a seminar, students will be required to be active participant in class discussions.

Grading Policy

Active Class Participation 20% Theoretical Essay 20% Paper proposal 10% Oral Presentation 10% Final Paper 40%


Laurent Dubois, Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution Nancy Appelbaum, Muddied Waters: Race, Region, and Local History in Colombia, 1846-1948 Lara Putnam, The Company they Kept: Migrants and the Politics of Gender in Caribbean Costa Rica, 1870-1960 George Michael Hanchard, Orpheus and Power: The Movimento Negro of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1945-1988 Alejandro de la Fuente, A Nation for All: Race, Politics, and Inequality in Twentieth Century Cuba George Reid Andrews, Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000


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