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Spring 2014 Africana Studies BC3110 section 002

Call Number 05430
Day & Time
T 11:00am-12:50pm
406 Barnard Hall
Points 4
Approvals Required Instructor
Instructor Yvette Christianse
Course Description Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. The Indian Ocean has been called the cradle of globalization. We consider the Indian Ocean and east African diasporas and their aesthetic histories by engaging literary and other cultural exchanges (including film, visual arts, music, and dance). This course considers the overlapping transnational vectors that have characterized Indian Ocean history and we do so specifically through questions about the creation of diasporic public space and cultural memory, while also considering material cultures. We ask, for example, how the lived experience is recorded within those long histories of trade and imperialism. We engage with memoirs, epistles, newspapers, music and performance. We turn to archives, contemporary novels, memoir and song, dance and other visual arts to read how they chronicle and transmit cultural memory. We focus on: Durban (South Africa), Bombay (India), Zanzibar (Tanzania) and the Mascarenes (Port Louis in Mauritius and Saint Denis in La Reunion) and the Seychelles. This year, our course will be taught simultaneously between Barnard in New York and the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Students from both campuses will be encouraged to interact electronically and to establish a blog and website. The course will also have live-streamed guest speakers from chosen sites around the Indian Ocean. Because of time zones, we have chosen the most practical times (Cape Town is six, then seven hours ahead of New York). How does this influence the course methodology? Come and find out.
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Department Africana Studies (AFSB)
Enrollment 4 students as of 11:37PM Monday, October 20, 2014
Subject Africana Studies
Number BC3110
Section 002
Division Barnard College
Open To Barnard, Columbia College, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate, General Studies, School of Continuing Education, Global Programs
Campus Barnard College
Section key 20141AFRS3110X002

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