Spring 2022 - HIST 344 D100
Themes in Modern East Africa (4)
Class Number: 4637
Delivery Method: In Person
Examines the diversity of environments, cultures and livelihoods in East Africa and the Horn in the context of long-term trans-regional influences, especially slave trade, cash cropping, colonization and post-colonial politics, and the expansion of the world religions into East Africa. Content may vary from offering to offering; see course outline for further information. HIST 344 may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught.
Zamani: Poets, Prophets, & Politics in Eastern Africa’s Past
In this lecture and seminar class, students will be introduced to the major historical currents of eastern African people and politics before the class decides on several case studies to pursue through seminar style reading and discussion meetings. Eastern Africa extends from Mogadishu to northern Mozambique, and includes islands, archipelagos, and Madagascar. Through Indian Ocean trade and travel, people living in this region have singularly influenced, and been influenced by, the ideas, styles, technologies, and populations of other parts of Africa, Arabia, India, and later Europe and China. We will consider how people and ideas circulated in eastern African societies, and we will be curious about how the past was recorded, recounted, and mobilized for present and future purposes. These topics will be explored through lectures, discussions, scholarship, primary documents, fiction, film, and current news sources.
- Discussion 25%
- Student Contributions 5%
- Quiz (week 5) 10%
- Reading Responses (3) 30%
- Research/Creative Project 30%
- Collins, Robert O. African History in Documents: Eastern African History (1990, Markus
- Weiner Publishers) ISBN 978-1558760165.
- Owour, Yvonne Adhiambo, The Dragonfly Sea (2019, New York: Knopf) ISBN 9780451494047
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