Courses for Spring 2020

  • Independent Reading and Research

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    AFRI 1970 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Bogues
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Braun
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Meeks
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Dzidzienyo
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S08
    Primary Instructor
    George
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Henry
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Guterl
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Hamlin
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Biggs
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Terry-Morgan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S15
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 1970 S16
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Graduate Level Independent Reading and Research

    A program of intensive reading and research. Section numbers may vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    AFRI 2980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bogues
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Braun
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 2980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Dzidzienyo
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 2980 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Guterl
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 2980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Hamlin
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 2980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Henry
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 2980 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 2980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Terry-Morgan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 2980 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Rose
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    AFRI 2980 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Meeks
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Preliminary Examination Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing for a preliminary examination.
    AFRI 2970 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the residency requirement and are continuing research on a full time basis.
    AFRI 2990 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • The Afro-Luso-Brazilian Triangle

    Examines three historical components of the South Atlantic in terms of history, culture, and contemporary political and economic consequences. European colonialism in Africa and Brazil constitutes the baseline for this exploration, but the long and tardy nature of Portuguese colonialism in Africa in comparison with other European colonial powers, especially in its post-World War II manifestations, is our starting point. Enrollment limited to 40.
    AFRI 1020C S01
    Primary Instructor
    Dzidzienyo
  • West African Writers and Political Kingdom

    Do West African writers have a role to play in the changing political landscape of their countries? An examination of the ways and means through which a select group of West African writers have dealt with issues that relate to the role of the state in the management of individual and group relations, the politics of gender, civil and military relations, and the construction of new forms of civil society. Enrollment limited to 20.
    AFRI 1060E S01
    Primary Instructor
    Dzidzienyo
  • Afro-Caribbean Philosophy

    An introduction to the field of Afro-Caribbean philosophy. The first half focuses on the history of the field, identifying its African background and surveying some of its major schools, such as the Afro-Christians, the poeticists, the historicists, and existentialists. The second half consists of a more intensive comparative focus on the ontologies and epistemologies of two of these schools.
    AFRI 1150 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Henry
  • Black Lavender: Black Gay/Lesbian Plays/Dramatic Constructions in the American Theatre

    An interdisciplinary approach to the study of plays that address the identities and issues of black gay men and lesbians and offers various perspectives from within and without the black gay and lesbian artistic communities. Focuses on analysis of unpublished titles. Also includes published works by Baraka, Bullins, Corbitt, Gibson, Holmes, West, and Pomo Afro Homos. Some evening screenings of videotapes. Enrollment limited to 20.
    AFRI 0990 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Terry-Morgan
  • Africana Studies: Knowledge, Texts and Methodology

    This course will explore the issues of Africana Studies as a discipline by engaging in a series of critical readings of the central texts, which laid the protocols of the discipline. The course will also raise issues of knowledge production and methodologies. This course is a senior capstone seminar. Open to all senior Africana Studies concentrators; others by instructor permission only. Enrollment limited to 25.
    AFRI 1360 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Meeks
  • Black Speculative Fiction: World-Making and Alternative Universes, Science Fiction and Fantasy

    This class surveys the genre, including the work of George Schuyler, Nalo Hopkinson, Samuel R. Delaney, N.K. Jemison, Octavia Butler, Coslon Whitehead, and Tananarive Due, along with everything related, from comic books to album covers to filmic re-writings of canonical science fiction and fantasy works. The goal is to understand the history of the genre, its relationship to histories of anti-blackness and ideologies of black liberation, and its contributions to speculative fiction more broadly.
    AFRI 1100X S01
    Primary Instructor
    Guterl
  • Race, Difference and Biomedical Research: Historical Considerations

    This advanced seminar places the current debate over race, health, and genetics in historical context. An overarching goal is to understand how the social world informs the scientific questions we ask, design of research studies, and interpretation of findings. How have the theories and practices of biomedical science and technology produced knowledge of “race” and racial difference historically? How does race relate to gender and class? What are the implications of this debate for understanding health inequality? Previous coursework in Africana Studies preferred. Enrollment limited to 20; instructor permission.
    AFRI 1930 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Braun
  • Theories of Africana Thought: Literary and Expressive Cultures

    A preoccupation of Africana Studies involves the central, highly contested role of the notion of what constitutes black culture in the modern world. To what degree can we claim aesthetic and other distinctions between black cultures in the Diaspora and other western cultural practices and expressive forms? What role did enslavement, forced migration and segregation play in shaping Africana culture in the modern west? These cultural debates play a central role in literary, musical, philosophical, aesthetic, historical and sociological analyses of the culture of people of African descent frame this graduate course.
    AFRI 2002 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Biggs
  • Advanced RPM Playwriting

    Third level of RPM Playwriting; for students that have successfully completed RPM Playwriting and Intermediate RPM Playwriting (workshop). Instructor permission.
    AFRI 1050A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Terry-Morgan
  • Intermediate RPM Playwriting

    Second level of RPM Playwriting; for students that want to continue developing their RPM plays or want to begin a new project (workshop).
    AFRI 1050D S01
    Primary Instructor
    Terry-Morgan
  • RPM Playwriting

    Research-to-Performance Method (RPM) Playwriting guides students through the process of developing new plays that are informed by scholarly research (workshop).
    AFRI 1050E S01
    Primary Instructor
    Terry-Morgan
  • Interdisciplinary Methods and Africana Studies

    This graduate seminar focuses on interdisciplinary methodology and Africana Studies. The seminar explores how students and scholars in Africana Studies use interdisciplinary methods developed in the social sciences and the humanities in novel and innovative ways. Students will critically examine key methodological issues in Africana Studies and how and in what ways these issues are similar to and differ from such disciplines as economics, history, sociology, and literature. Prerequisite: a prior undergraduate or graduate level methods in Humanities or Social Sciences. Enrollment limited to 20.
    AFRI 2102 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
  • Africana Studies Junior Seminar

    This junior seminar course is designed to support students’ growth as academic writers and will prepare them to better complete their culminating senior thesis projects. While specifically geared towards Africana Studies concentrators, the class is open to any undergraduate student who has successfully completed AFRI 0090: An Introduction to Africana Studies and at least four semesters of coursework overall towards the Bachelor’s degree. Course materials will delve deeply into the history, spaces, peoples and cultures of the African Diaspora, exploring a selection of critical writings, performance pieces, fiction and non-fiction works by leading scholars and artists.
    AFRI 1330 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Biggs
  • Racial Slavery and Empire in an Age of Global Capital

    This course challenges students to think critically about the interrelations between global capital, racial slavery, and imperialism in historical perspective. We will focus particularly on the 19th century with readings addressing the British and U.S. imperial worlds. Centrally, the course asks students to engage with the significance of racial slavery in its economic and colonial entanglements in the making of the modern world.
    AFRI 1100C S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sell
  • How Structural Racism Works

    This lecture course is an exploration of structural racism: the normalized and legitimized range of policies, practices, and attitudes that routinely produce cumulative and chronic adverse outcomes for people of color. With a special focus on African-Americans in the post Civil Rights Era, we will explore how structural racism “works” intersectionally and in compounded ways in housing, criminal justice, education, employment, and media. We will also consider cultural, political and social challenges to structural racism as well as the the role and impact of colorblind ideology and behavioralism as dominant countervailing explanations for racial disparities.
    AFRI 0830 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rose
    AFRI 0830 C01
    Schedule Code
    C: Conference
    AFRI 0830 C02
    Schedule Code
    C: Conference
    AFRI 0830 C03
    Schedule Code
    C: Conference
    AFRI 0830 C04
    Schedule Code
    C: Conference
    AFRI 0830 C05
    Schedule Code
    C: Conference
    AFRI 0830 C06
    Schedule Code
    C: Conference
  • Providence Housing Ecosystem, Development, Displacement and Gentrification

    This course will exam what are the influences and power dynamics that shape where we live. We will focus on Providence. From the perspective of marginalized communities often with limited power, we will consider how to change these dynamics. We will consider how government planning policies and housing speculators, impact housing stability, create value and shape the environment in which we live. We will consider the relationship-based channels which encourage social cohesion across neighborhoods and/or social disruption and upheaval caused by market-rate housing and development policies, as well as the discourse on housing and development that influence housing speculation forces.
    AFRI 1075 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ritchie
  • Performing Africa

    Course engages storytelling, photography, movement as creative strategies with which to probe the idea of Africa. We'll explore historical and contemporary discourses that have shaped understandings of Africa in the West; examine the social and imaginative worlds constructed by African artists; study performative pieces that explore the multifaceted realities of what it means to be African today. Course asks students to imagine themselves as creators and curators, rather than merely consumers or critics, of African images. We'll engage the possibilities and limits of several performance strategies in appreciating a diverse continent with such a contested global image. Performance experience not required.
    AFRI 1065 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Ayobade
  • Courses of Interest to Concentrators in Africana Studies

    The following courses may be taken for concentration credit. Please see the sponsoring department for the time and location of each course.

    English
    ENGL 0710V Death and Dying in Black Literature
    ENGL 1710P The Literature and Culture of Black Power Reconsidered
    ENGL 1901J Fanon and Spillers
    History of Art and Architecture
    HIAA 0770 Architecture and Urbanism of Africa
    History
    HIST 1515 American Slavery
    AFRI XLIST 0
  • Memory, Movements, and Mississippi

    This course explores the history of Mississippi through the lens of race, culture, and politics focusing on the mass of movements for civil rights to the present. Students will understand the complexities and contradictions of race, politics, and memory in the United States and have opportunities to articulate these intricacies in assignments – building communication skills for future work. Students will also advance critical reading skills and analytical writing, discussant, and oral presentation skills applicable beyond an academic setting. It accompanies the experiential component and the January trip to the state through the Bonner Program. Instructor override required.
    AFRI 1275 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Hamlin