History | Colloquium in African History
H695 | 2888 | Martin


TOPIC:  GENDERING AFRICAN HISTORY

The study of gender in African history has until recently
concentrated on the history of women. In the 1960s, women were
truly “hidden” and only important individuals (e.g. queen mothers,
wealthy women) found their way into the literature. In the 1970s-
1980s, radical historians broadened the literature in a social
history mode and life histories were important in documenting the
lives of “ordinary” women. In the last decade, histories of men and
masculinity have begun to appear and cultural history has added a
new dimension to the study of gender relations. During the first two-
thirds of the semester, we will read some of the important
monographs, edited collections, and articles that exemplify these
themes. In the last third of the semester, class members will
prepare a review essay on a theme which reflects their individual
interests.