AAST 481: Topics in African and African American History

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This course examines settler colonialism and its application to both past and present contexts. This seminar will explore this concept by focusing on the material, social, political, and psychological realities of settler colonialisms in South Africa, Palestine-Israel, the United States, and Algeria. Course themes will include: wars of conquest, genocide, partition, and occupation; settler myths and narrative making; land appropriation, segregation and reserve systems; influx control and policing; resource and labor exploitation; gender and sexuality, and resistance struggles throughout. Students will gain a detailed understanding of the nature and meaning of settler colonialism, and how to apply this concept to both phenomena in the past and the present world.