ANTH326 Meeting 10 (Draft)

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ANTH326 Meeting 10 (Draft)

  1. 1. ANTH326 Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa Meeting 10, November 12, 2007
  2. 2. Feedback on Course <ul><li>Received feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching experience </li></ul><ul><li>Learning experience </li></ul>
  3. 3. Impressed by Concordia <ul><li>Diversity of viewpoints </li></ul><ul><li>Thoughtfulness, even insight </li></ul>
  4. 4. Critical thinking <ul><li>Implications of statements </li></ul><ul><li>Putting in perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Using different angles </li></ul><ul><li>Not take anything for granted </li></ul>
  5. 5. This Course <ul><li>Touchy topics </li></ul><ul><li>Passionate </li></ul><ul><li>Get deeper </li></ul>
  6. 6. Breakthough? <ul><li>Two weeks ago </li></ul><ul><li>Discussed last week </li></ul><ul><li>Media critiques </li></ul><ul><li>Journal entries </li></ul>
  7. 7. Behaviour <ul><li>Some issues </li></ul><ul><li>Debates are fine when respectful </li></ul><ul><li>Debate bubble </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Right vs. Left </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Canadiens vs. Senators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Firm on disruptive behaviour </li></ul>
  8. 8. Use of Terms <ul><li>Not banning terms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using terms carefully </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Define terms used (“tradition” two weeks ago) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Authors using loaded terms for effect </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inappropriate in an assignment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Readership </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Terms less important than concepts </li></ul>
  9. 9. Broad Identities <ul><li>Kept mentioning, worth repeating </li></ul><ul><li>Unproblematised “African” </li></ul><ul><li>Unproblematised “European” </li></ul><ul><li>Unproblematised “White” </li></ul><ul><li>Unproblematised “Black” </li></ul>
  10. 10. Gender <ul><li>Embodied gender </li></ul><ul><li>Sexuality </li></ul><ul><li>Perception of body </li></ul>
  11. 11. Questions on Rodney <ul><li>Similarities “colonial underdevelopment” with “international development” </li></ul><ul><li>Differences “colonial underdevelopment” with “international development” </li></ul><ul><li>Links finance and development </li></ul><ul><li>Compare Rodney with Diop </li></ul>
  12. 12. Notes <ul><li>Constructing biology </li></ul><ul><li>Racial constructs </li></ul><ul><li>Writing styles </li></ul><ul><li>One-track mind </li></ul><ul><li>Proving point </li></ul><ul><li>Talking about asymmetries </li></ul><ul><li>Redefining “tribe” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Africanist Obsession? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Multi-ethnic states (parallels on states) </li></ul><ul><li>Divide and rule, again </li></ul><ul><li>Determinism </li></ul><ul><li>Prototypical body (pattern recognition) </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-colonial tendencies on gender </li></ul><ul><li>Journalistic settings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Journalistic responsibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technological evolutionism </li></ul><ul><li>Linearity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feudalism to capitalism </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strong language </li></ul><ul><li>“ Culture” and “Civilisation” </li></ul>
  13. 13. Rodney <ul><li>Guyana </li></ul><ul><li>UWI, SOAS </li></ul><ul><li>Activism </li></ul><ul><li>Idealized/simplified pre-colonial Africa </li></ul><ul><li>Impressed by Tanzania </li></ul>
  14. 14. Africa in Global Economy <ul><li>Outside control? </li></ul><ul><li>World Bank and IMF </li></ul><ul><li>Fair-trade </li></ul><ul><li>Micro-lending </li></ul><ul><li>Asian interests </li></ul>
  15. 15. Wrap-Up <ul><li>Threads from weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Making links (Where can be found?) </li></ul>
  16. 16. “ Traditional Africa”
  17. 17. Orality <ul><li>Verbal communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Include sign languages, “body language” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exclude writing (but may include IM) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Chain of direct transmission </li></ul><ul><li>Immediacy/instantaneity/simultaneity </li></ul><ul><li>Exchange/dialogue/back-and-forth </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-layered/multi-channel </li></ul>
  18. 18. “ Oral societies” <ul><li>“ Pre-literate?” </li></ul><ul><li>Writing as defining feature? </li></ul><ul><li>Functional literacy? </li></ul><ul><li>Writing systems often exist </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coexistence oral/written </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. “ Tradition?” <ul><li>Static? </li></ul><ul><li>Old? </li></ul><ul><li>Genuine? </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative? </li></ul>
  20. 20. Tradition and Modernity <ul><li>Tradition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuity (perceived or real) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Change (happening) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Modernity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discontinuity (with ancients) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Change (perceived or real) </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Postmodernism (PoMo) <ul><li>Reaction to modernism </li></ul><ul><li>Implied historicity </li></ul><ul><li>Cross boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>Deconstruct identities </li></ul><ul><li>Multiplicity of identities/viewpoints </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility/fluidity/informality/chaos </li></ul><ul><li>Recognise anything? </li></ul>
  22. 22. Group Definition <ul><li>Glossonyms, ethnonyms </li></ul><ul><li>Colonial constructs (perhaps unwittingly) </li></ul><ul><li>Identity claims by use/explanation ethnonym </li></ul><ul><li>Define through contact/conflict </li></ul>

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