HIST 535: Problems in Global History

HIST 535-DL1: The Black Atlantic World
(Spring 2024)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M


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Section Information for Spring 2024

What is the “Black Atlantic” and how does it constitute a unique world within the context of global history? This class investigates the Black Atlantic as a theoretical construct and as a living political, economic, and socio-cultural space produced by the evolving relationship between Africa, Europe, and the Americas from the fifteenth century to today. We will study the experience of capture and enslavement in Africa, the Middle Passage, systems of enslaved labor, maroon communities, Afro-Indigneous relations, individual and collective battles for emancipation, colonialism and independence movements in the 19th and 20th centuries, and representations, conflicts, and solidarities on our era of the global Black Lives Matter movement. In our explorations, we will engage a diversity of disciplinary perspectives—History, Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Economics, Literature, Anthropology—and a variety of historical and contemporary sources, from freedom trials of enslaved people, political correspondence, and philosophical treatises to postcolonial feminism, poetry, music, and film. We will bring a prismatic lens to examining the Black Atlantic through questions of race, gender, religion, sexuality, economic status, citizenship, migration (forced and voluntary), and diaspora while focusing on Black voices, experiences, and emancipation. 

HIST 535 DL1 is an online live video section.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Investigates selected problems in global and comparative history, covering multiple countries or world regions. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Junior Plus, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lec/Sem #1, Lec/Sem #2, Lec/Sem #3, Lec/Sem #4, Lec/Sem #5, Lec/Sem #6, Lec/Sem #7, Lec/Sem #8, Lec/Sem #9, Lecture, Sem/Lec #10, Sem/Lec #11, Sem/Lec #12, Sem/Lec #13, Sem/Lec #14, Sem/Lec #15, Sem/Lec #16, Sem/Lec #17, Sem/Lec #18
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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