IDS Approved Courses From Other Departments - African Intellectuals and the Modern Experience HIST 5475   African Intellectuals and the Modern Experience
African thinkers have long pondered the challenges of the modern era, and have established lines of thought with which African intellectuals now address Africa’s profound problems. But this engagement with the modern world has moved through different phases, just as the social location of the African intelligentsia has changed over time. This course will explore this intellectual history by setting specific writers in context, and then examining their original writings to ponder such questions as: What were the roots of “African Christianity”? How did African intellectuals respond to “scientific racism”? What was the appeal of Pan-Africanism? What was Negritude? How socialist was African socialism? How do postmodern insights about the invention of identify affect the idea of being “African”?
FORMAT: Discussion