Bard College Catalogue 2012-13
Yuka Suzuki (coordinator), Susan Aberth*, Myra Young Armstead, Thurman Barker, Mario J. A. Bick**, Diana De G. Brown***, Teju Cole, Christian Ayne Crouch, Helen Epstein, Tabetha Ewing, Donna Ford Grover, John Ryle, Robert Tynes, Binyavanga Wainaina
* on sabbatical, fall 2012
* on sabbatical, fall 2012; leave of absence, spring 2013
*** leave of absence, 2012–2013
OverviewAfricana studies is an interdisciplinary concentration that examines the cultures, histories, and politics of African peoples on the African continent and throughout the African diaspora. The Africana studies concentration teaches students to use diverse historical, political, ethnographic, artistic, and literary forms of analysis. Through these interdisciplinary studies, students trace the historical and cultural connections between Africa and the rest of the world and explore their importance for African peoples and the nature of modern, global society.
RequirementsConcentration in Africana studies must be combined with a major in a traditional disciplinary program. Ideally, a student will moderate simultaneously in Africana studies and the disciplinary program. Before Moderation, a student is expected to take at least three Africana studies courses or Africana studies cross-listed courses, including the core course, Introduction to Africana Studies (Africana Studies 101), or the equivalent. Before graduation, the student must take two additional Africana studies or cross-listed courses, including one 300-level seminar. The Moderation and Senior Project boards should each include one Africana studies core faculty member.
New Fiction Out of Africa
Africana Studies 120 / Literature 120
See Literature 120 for a full course description.
Precolonial and Colonial Africa
Africana Studies 2318 / History 2318
See History 2318 for a full course description.
Africana Studies 248
The course analyzes travel accounts of sub-Saharan Africa to understand how non-African travelers experienced this area, and how their writings contributed to the image of Africa by the West. Accounts are drawn from the end of the 18th century to the present by explorers, travelers, and journalists. African American and European American writers are the main focus.
Captivity and Law
Africana Studies 310
cross-listed: human rights
This course focuses on the confrontation of early modern African and European political thought and practices of captivity, especially abduction, wartime hostage taking, slavery, and other forms of internment.