Black Women, Black Freedom

Examination of struggles for freedom, from nineteenth century through twenty-first, particularly through the lives of black women. Drawing on women’s history, literature, art, performance and critical theory, students interrogate meaning of various freedoms, including civic and sexual. Objective is to discern a working definition for “black freedom” by centering women in struggles for black liberation. One course / 3 units.

Africa, Cuba, Brazil: Great Powers of the Black Atlantic

Explores shared cultural history of three great populations separated by oceans but linked by slave trade. Course will offer lively, mutually transformative dialogue in religion, music, and political ideas. This case study in the Africanization of the Americas and the Americanization of Africa challenges a range of conventional assumptions about transnationalism, race, class, gender, and their artistic expression. One course / 3 units.

Cultural (Con)Fusions of Asians and Africans

This course examines how people lay claims to belonging as citizens of nation-states. Focusing primarily on African and Indian descended populations in the Caribbean and the Pacific, we investigate how these populations invoke colonial constructions to reinvent themselves and work to negotiate their racialized identities in these shared communities. We will consider the construction of histories and explore the general cultural politics that sustain and bolster claims of authenticity and belonging and unbelonging within these national spaces.