History | Colloquium in African History
H695 | 2797 | Martin

A portion of the above section reserved for majors


About half of Africa’s population now live in cities, yet only
recently have social and cultural historians given urban populations
much attention.  This work is now the basis for an exciting new sub-
field of African History.  During the first two-thirds of the
semester, the class will study the social and cultural content of
town life, cities as planned space, and the emergence of identities
(ethnicity, class, race, gender) in an urban context.  The emphasis
will mainly be on the colonial period.  In the last third of the
semester, individual class members will prepare a review essay,
either on a single theme with examples from several cities, or on
aspects of life in a particular city.