AAST 229: Topics in Diaspora

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This course is focused on African Diaspora Studies—a relatively new field of study that explores the global migrations of peoples from the continent of Africa, and the outgrowth and consequences of these migrations. This includes, but is not limited to: cultural flows and survivals, food exchanges, transformations in identity, the formation of new communities, the processes of racialization, creolization and hybridization, and religious syncretisms. Over the past several decades, a growing body of literature has developed exploring the histories, contours, and complexities of Africa’s Diasporas, spanning historical eras and physical geographies. Students will get a sampling of this broad field by reading texts like Olaudah Equiano’s The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings, watching films like Ceddo and Atlantiques, and otherwise experiencing African and African diaspora cultural, political, and ideological productions. Throughout the semester, students will be encouraged to explore and share contemporary manifestations and expressions of Africans in diaspora, in news, politics, cuisine and popular culture.