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Africana & African Studies: 2007-2008

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Africana Studies

Africana Studies is a developing synthetic field that brings a global frame of reference and a variety of disciplinary perspectives to the study of Africa and the African Diaspora. Drawing on anthropology, economics, history, linguistics and literature, music, philosophy, political science and sociology, the field reflects processes of emancipation, decolonization and development—against a background of international economic change—in Africa itself and in societies worldwide with populations of African origin.

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Africana Requirements

Africana studies is a bi-college program, offered as a minor at Bryn Mawr or as an area of concentration at Haverford. Requirements for the program: (1) General Programs/General Studies 101a, “Introduction to African and Africana Studies”; (2) five more courses from the list reproduced in the college catalogs, or from a list of new courses periodically approved; (3) at least one of these courses must deal with the African Diaspora; (4) a senior thesis or seminar length essay in an area of Africana studies. Students are urged to include in their program courses beyond the introductory level that deal with continental Africa and the African Diaspora. Successful completion of the Africana studies minor/concentration is noted on student transcripts at graduation.

Students majoring in a department that requires a thesis satisfy the requirement by writing on a topic approved by his or her department and by the coordinator[s] of the Africana studies program. If the major department does not require a thesis, an equivalent written exercise that is a seminar-length essay is required. The essay may be written within the framework of a particular course or as an independent study project. The topic must be approved by the instructor in question and by the coordinator[s] of the Africana studies program.

In addition to meeting these common requirements, students concentrating in Africana studies at Haverford College must also satisfy a distribution requirement. Of the six courses they take, at least two, but no more than three, must be taken in their home department; the remaining three to four courses must be taken in at least two other departments.

General Programs/General Studies 101a, “Introduction to African and Africana Studies,” provides a foundation and a frame of reference for advanced work. Students are advised to enter the Africana studies program by taking this course as early as possible and to complete it by the end of the junior year.

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Africana Coordinators

Professor of French: Koffi Anyinefa
Bryn Mawr
Associate Professor of History: Kalala Ngalamulume

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African Studies

Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges, along with the University of Pennsylvania and Swarthmore College, are members of the African Studies Consortium. The four institutions have established an Undergraduate Center for African Studies, headquartered at the University of Pennsylvania. The center is supported in part by the U.S. Department of Education. Consortium resources allow students on the four campuses to pursue a wide variety of interests in African studies.

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African Studies Requirements

General Programs/General Studies 101a, “Introduction to African and Africana Studies,” is the foundation course for African studies as well as for the Africana studies program at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges. The course is suitable for first-year students, utilizes on-site resources of the four campuses, and enrolls undergraduates from all four institutions. This course is co-taught each year by two instructors from different disciplines.

A full African studies program includes the introductory foundation course; study of an African language or languages; study abroad at an African university; and advanced course work on Africa at any of the four institutions.

African languages are regularly offered at the University of Pennsylvania (Yoruba, Hausa, Amharic, Wolof, Swahili) and Bryn Mawr College (Introductory Swahili).

Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges regularly sponsor public talks about African issues, featuring visiting African scholars from several disciplines.

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Study Abroad

A semester or a year of study in Africa can be arranged through Study Away. The Consortium maintains study agreements with University of Zimbabwe, University of Ghana, and University of Nairobi, Kenya. In the past students have also enrolled at other African universities, such as C.A. Diop University, Dakar, and Gaston Berger University, Saint-Louis, both in Senegal.

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African Studies Coordinators

Professor of French Koffi Anyinefa
Bryn Mawr
Associate Professor of History Kalala Ngalamulume

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Courses at Haverford College

    205 Social Anthropology
    247b Anthropology and Literature: Ethnography of Black South African Writing 1888-1988
    124 Perspectives in Biology - Tropical Infectious Diseases
    129 Perspectives in Biology - Vexations of Vaccines
    270b Portraits in Black
    275a Thinking Globally, Writing Locally: Anglophone Caribbean Literature
    276b Literature and Politics of South African Apartheid
    281g Fictions of Empire
    361b Topics in African-American Literature
    250 Introduction aux littératures francophones (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
    255g Cinema Francais/Francophone et Colonialisme (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
    312 Advanced Topics: “Sembène Ousmane: écrivain et cinéaste sénégalais” (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
    101a Introduction to African and Africana Studies
    243a African American Political and Social Thought: Black Modernism, 1895-1945
    343a Black Paris: Art and Ideology in a Modernist Diaspora, 1925-1975
    227a Jazz and the Politics of Culture
    232a African-American Philosophy
    233 Philosophy and Race
    123b American Politics: Difference and Discrimination
    230 The Politics of Genocide: Deterring, Overcoming, Terminating
    235a African Politics
    264b Political Economies in Developing Countries
    132b Varieties of African American Religious Experience
    137a Black Theology and the search for Liberation
    231a Religious Themes in African-American Literature
    242b Topics in African American Religious History
    245b Slavery, Catechism, and Plantation Missions in Antebellum America
    330a Seminar in the Religious History of African American Women
    347b Souls of Black Folk: Du Bois and the Problem of Religion
    235b Class, Race, and Education
    340b The Moor in Spanish Literature

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Courses at Bryn Mawr College

    223 Anthropology of Dance
    228 East African Social/Political/Cultural Development
    253 Childhood in the African Experience
    101 Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology
    230 Archeology and History of Ancient Egypt
    314 Economics of Poverty and Discrimination
    200 Critical Issues in Education
    210 Language/Power/Advocacy in Education
    266 Schools in American Cities
    207 Big Books of American Literature: Representing the Intersections of Nation, Class, Race, Gender
    217 Latina/o Literature and Culture
    218 Law and Literature
    234 Postcolonial Literature in English
    246 Pan-African Women Writers
    262 African-American Literature
    255 Counter-Cinema
    279 Modern African Fiction
    331 Queer Theory/Queer Literature
    343 Translating America
    369 Women Poets: Rich, Brooks, Plath
    379 The African Griotte
    392 National Bodies
    207 Missionnaires et Cannibales
    320 La France et ses Orients
    103 Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture I
    105 Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture II
    237 Urbanization in Africa
    102 Introduction to African Civilizations
    200 European Expansion and Competition
    202 American History: Civil War to Present
    235 Africa Since 1800
    237 Urbanization in Africa
    245 Recent U.S. History
    265 American Colonial Encounters
    323 Topics in African History
    357 Topics in British Empire: Early Modern Pirates
    243 African/Caribbean Perspectives in World Politics
    102 The New African Diaspora
    215 Challenges and Dilemmas of Diversity
    217 The Family in Social Context
    225 Women in Society
    314 Immigrant Experiences
    350 Movements for Social Justice in the US
    215 La Literatura Afro-Hispanica
    255b Rhetoric of Slavery, Visions and Revisions

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