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

Fall 2008

HIS 382L • Epistemology to Afr/Black Studies

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Course Description

This course interrogates the rise and evolution of African studies/Black studies, focusing on three critical areas: 1) the historical development of scholarship and writing about Africa, race and the diaspora; 2) pedagogy, curriculum and educational institutions within and outside Africa; and 3) the methodologies, theories and perspectives relevant to this field since the mid-twentieth century. Students will read a variety of works centered on the intellectual origins of and debates surrounding African/Black studies, with special attention to colonialism, slavery, culture, power, and knowledge production. A sampling of topics includes the representations of African/Black studies in the public sphere; the debates on multiculturalism and affirmative action; the relationship between ethnic and area studies; gender and sexuality; resistance and social movements; the intersections of race, capitalism and the state; and comparative race relations.


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