Anthropology | Intro to Cultures of Africa
E310 | 25368 | Buggenhagen


This course will provide an introduction to the history and
ethnography of colonial and post-colonial African societies. Recent
media and scholarly attention has focused on the African continent as
a locus of humanitarian and political emergency. But in what ways does
undue attention to crisis limit our analytical perspective? In this
course, we will come to understand the historical and cultural
conditions underpinning current predicaments facing African societies.
Students will be asked to think both critically and comparatively
about the analysis of human institutions such as kinship and politics,
markets and migration, religious practices, race, gender and diaspora.