AAST 101: Introduction to African Diaspora Studies

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Introduction to African Diaspora Studies examines the historical and contemporary, forced and voluntary, migrations of peoples out of the continent of Africa from the 15th-century to the present; the complex histories and experiences of identity formation and transformation; the cultural, religious and creative possibilities that have flowed from these movements. The African diaspora refers to relations between African homelands and host nations from the perspective of those who have moved, whether by force, as in the case of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade (Maafa) or contemporary refugee migrants, or voluntarily. The field of African diaspora studies is comparative, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural, drawing from the social sciences, history, the arts and humanities. Accordingly, this course will provide the background to this subject area from diverse perspectives, introducing students to a range of key debates in the field, while paying particular attention to questions of resistance.