History | The African Nation and its Fragments
H695 | 25838 | Moorman

A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to graduates only
Above class meets with CULS-C701

This colloquium takes off from Partha Chatterjee’s collection of
essays The Nation and Its Fragments.  This is a readings-based
course in which we will study the African nation from an anti-
teleological perspective.  We will look at questions of gender,
ethnicity, class and race to think about African nations and African
nationalisms.  We will consider alternative readings of nations as
well as site of their production and distress, e.g., music, sports,
dress.  We will also read some comparative material to situate our
studies of African countries in a broader geographical and
theoretical context.  Course requirements will include class
presentations and a variety of shorter and longer writing
assignments in which students will critically reflect on the