Politics, Identity, and Resistance - African Liberation and Thought

CLLC-L 120 / CLASS 32866 — Fall 2022

Edmondson Hall classroom
Days and Times
Tu/Th 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., First Eight Weeks, 3 credits
Course Description

This course will introduce you to modern African political and intellectual thought through five avenues. First, it will discuss the constitution of Africa as an epistemological, cultural and political entity. Then, it will introduce you to the classics of anti-colonial thought in different parts of the colonized world, and key texts that provide a critical reading of colonial and post-colonial thought from the standpoint of decolonization. Third, it will examine a range of thinkers and a variety of points of view. Fourth, it will bring to the surface thinkers espousing nationalist thought, whether cultural or political, as well as critics of nationalism (Fanon) and western modernity (Biko). The last part will focus on the institutional modes of knowledge production through photography and literature (‘poetry of combat’), while exploring the politics of knowledge production within and outside the university in Africa today.

Instructor: Carlos Fernandes - visting scholar, Head of the Department of Historical and Political Studies at the Centre of African Studies at Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo