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  1. 1. ANTH326 Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa Course Notes Meeting 1, September 10, 2007
  2. 2. Not African Myself <ul><li>Authority/Legitimacy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Length of stay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Explaining Africa? </li></ul><ul><li>Africa as object of study? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>Reassess preconceptions </li></ul><ul><li>Africa as problem? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Themes  <ul><li>Questioning “Africa,” “Africans” </li></ul><ul><li>Questioning “Cultures” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Cultural diversity <ul><li>Gender diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Generalities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Africa as river </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Relationship with “West” <ul><li>PoCo/NeoCo </li></ul><ul><li>Defining self through Other </li></ul>
  7. 7. Official Description <ul><li>Survey of the region </li></ul><ul><li>Case studies </li></ul><ul><li>Older/contemporary </li></ul>
  8. 8. Contemporary perspective <ul><li>Cold War </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Third World </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-alligned </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Globalization </li></ul>
  9. 9. Course Development  <ul><li>Marie-Nathalie LeBlanc's course </li></ul><ul><li>Taught similar courses elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>Interesting overlap in readings </li></ul><ul><li>Lifted prerequisites </li></ul>
  10. 10. Semester's Progression <ul><li>Generalities (through October 15) </li></ul><ul><li>Questioning (through November 12) </li></ul><ul><li>Cases (through December 4) </li></ul>
  11. 11. What Think Africa? What others think Africa?
  12. 12. Media  <ul><li>Us/Them </li></ul><ul><li>What's best for Africa? </li></ul><ul><li>Dark continent </li></ul><ul><li>Cradle </li></ul>
  13. 13. African Studies <ul><li>“ Africa” in every title </li></ul><ul><li>Respect </li></ul><ul><li>“ Gone native” </li></ul>
  14. 14. Anthropology of Africa  <ul><li>Ethnographed </li></ul><ul><li>Critiques of ethnography  </li></ul><ul><li>Small-scale, segmentary society </li></ul>
  15. 15. Reassess Africa  <ul><li>Civilizations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>History </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grandeur </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sub-Saharan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not isolated </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dynamic, Changing </li></ul>
  16. 16. Readings <ul><li>Grinker and Steiner Perspectives on Africa (1997) </li></ul><ul><li>Martin and O'Meara Africa . (1995) </li></ul><ul><li>Gordon and Gordon Understanding Contemporary Africa (2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Falola Sources and Methods in African History (2003) </li></ul><ul><li>Keim Mistaking Africa (1999) </li></ul><ul><li>Askew Performing the Nation (2002) </li></ul><ul><li>Chabal and Daloz Africa Works (1999) </li></ul>

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