Anthropology | KNOWLEDGE, POL & MEDIATION AFRICA
E400 | 0368 | Stoeltje


African societies today utilize radio, television, video, and newspapers
in social and political life, and at the same time customary practices,
indigenous languages, and the arts generally, are attracting renewed
interest. This course will examine multiple genres, forms, and sites where
indigenous knowledge and styles of speaking are utilized to
express issues and perspectives in contemporary social and political life.
Sites to be considered include traditional courts where individuals bring
their disputes originating in everyday life as well as locations African
traditional leaders are utilizing for AIDS education in southern Africa.
Forms and genres will include music, fashion, and the modern media.
Special attention will be devoted to the role of radio in contemporary
social and political affairs and to the dynamic production and circulation
of film and video in West Africa.

Students will write two papers, one focused on a specific location in
Africa, and one on a contemporary form or genre addressing contemporary
issues in the social and political life of a particular society.

Texts:  (A reader will also be included in the readings).
Maria Eriksson Baaz and Mai Palmberg, eds. SAME AND OTHER:
NEGOTIATING AFRICAN IDENTITY IN CULTURAL PRODUCTION.  (2001)
Richaard Fardon and Graham Furniss, eds. AFRICAN BROADCAST CULTURES:
RADIO IN TRANSITION.(2000)
Susan Hirsch, PRONOUNCING AND PERSERVERING: GENDER AND THE
DISCOURSES OF DISPUTING IN AN AFRICAN ISLAMIC COURT.  (1998)
Yankah, Kwesi.  SPEAKING FOR THE CHIEF: OKYEAME AND THE POLITICS OF
AKAN ROYAL ORATORY.  (1995.)