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Junior Colloquium: The Possibilities of Diaspora
AFAM 301
Spring 2022 not offered

In this course, we will explore the concept of "diaspora" as a way of conceptualizing and understanding the contours of African American cultural and political history. We will read a series of studies of diaspora as a concept for apprehending the historical experience of people of African descent dispersed from an original homeland. We will see in what ways these books are in dialogue with each other, what prior conceptualizations they are contesting, and what creative possibilities they offer for those of us engaged in African American studies. We will also read autobiographies, memoirs, travelogues, and novels that deal with the issues of diaspora. It is our hope, then, to understand how "diaspora" as a concept, metaphor, or condition can be applied to the historical knowledge we need to bring to contemporary political issues.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AFAM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)

Last Updated on DEC-01-2021
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