History | Music and Politics in African History
J400 | 28354 | Moorman


Above class open to majors only
Above class open to undergraduates only
J400: P-HIST J300

Can fun be subversive?  Can entertainment be politically
meaningful?  Where do we find the politics of music (in the lyrics,
performances spaces, interactions between musicians and audiences)?
These are some of the questions that will drive our inquiry in this
research seminar.  In this course we will look at the relationship
between music and politics in various countries on the African
continent.  The course addresses various periods in the continentís
history but puts a particular emphasis on the colonial and post-
colonial periods.  We will examine the relationship between music
and politics in scholarly works, primary texts, and through audio-
visual materials.

This seminar aims to help students further develop historical
research skills.  A central focus of this class will therefore be
the production of an original research paper that uses a primary
source on African music from IUís Archives of Traditional Music.
Students will learn how to find and define a problem of study,
undertake bibliographic research, think through and apply
appropriate methodologies, collect and interpret data and write
cogently and persuasively.  Students will also work to refine their
reading skills and critical thinking.  Throughout the process of
research and writing, students will have one-on-one interaction with
the instructor.