Fall 2019

Magic and Ritual in Ancient Egypt and the Near East
AFST 015 (T1:30p-3:20pm)
Instructor: John Darnell  
Introduction to ancient Egyptian magic and rituals with an overview on the use of magic and discussion of the different rituals and festivals attested in Ancient Egypt and the Near East.

What is the Global South? Africa in the World
AFST160/510(M 1:30p-3:20p)
Instructor: Vivian Lu
Is the world map upside-down? What is “Africa” and who is African? Is the Global South a place or an ideological project? This seminar introduces students to key debates and intellectual interventions in African Studies concerning the politics of knowledge production, geopolitical formation, and Africa’s regional and global connections. By critically examining how social categories – such as culture, religion, race, economy, and ideology – have been mapped onto different parts of the world, the course traces how legacies of colonialism and imperialism in Africa continue to inform contemporary perspectives on economic development, capitalism, and globalization. The course will foreground perspectives of people who mobilized to transform them, from anti-colonial fighters and postcolonial scholars to the Third World solidarity movement and contemporary artists.  Lastly, the course explores the complexity of the “Global South” through Africa’s south-south engagements.

The Rise and Fall of Atlantic Slavery
AFST 184 (TTH10:30a-11:20p)
Instructor: Edward Rugemer 

The history of people of African descent throughout the Americas, from the first African American societies of the sixteenth century through the century-long process of emancipation

Sex and Gender in the Black Diaspora
AFST 231 (TTH 1p-2:15p)
Instructor: Sex and Gender in the Black Diaspora
A critical survey of images, rhetorics, experiences, and practices of gender and sexuality formation of black subjects in Africa, the Caribbean, western Europe, and the United States. Construction of class, nationality, race, color, sexuality, and gender.

Market Liberalism, Socialist Planning, and Ideas of Development
AFST 234 (TH 1:30p-3:20p)
Instructor: Nicoli Nattrass
Exploration of market liberalism, socialist planning, and contestation over the role of the state in the idea of development. Study of key classical economists; Marxism and Utopian socialism; how collectivisation was applied in the Soviet Union and in the African context; and discussion of the rise of development economics, highlighting the work of W. Arthur Lewis and Amartya Sen.

Third World Studies
AFST 238 (TTH11:35a-12:50pm)
Instructor:Gary Okihiro

An introduction to the historical and contemporary theories and articulations of the Third World Studies (comparative ethnic studies) as an academic field and practice. Consideration of subject matters; methodologies and theories; literatures; and practitioners and institutional arrangements. 

African Reconciliation Narratives
AFST 250/540 (M 9.25am-11:15am)
Instructor: Meredith Shepard
This course focuses on the literary and visual cultural productions that took shape around national efforts at reconciliation in three African contexts: post-apartheid South Africa, post-genocide Rwanda, and post-civil war Nigeria. These disparate case studies examine the impact on cultural productions of differing judicial and political formations, as well as the role that literature and film have played in shaping reconciliation law and policy. Our primary readings include novels, memoir, theater, and film, in addition to legal documents from reconciliatory justice systems. Our secondary readings include theories of reconciliation from the fields of law, political science, and cultural studies. 

Postcolonial Ecologies
AFST 295 (TTH11:35a-12:50pm)
Instructor: Cajetan Iheka

This seminar examines the intersections of postcolonialism and ecocriticism as well as the tensions between these conceptual nodes, with readings drawn from across the global South. Topics of discussion include colonialism, development, resource extraction, globalization, ecological degradation, nonhuman agency, and indigenous cosmologies. The course is concerned with the narrative strategies affording the illumination of environmental ideas.

Social Enterprise in Developing Economies II
AFST 306 (M3:30-5:20p)
Instructor: Robert Hopkins

Summer Research developed into a case-study on a topic related to the use of social enterprise in regional economic development. 

Human-Wildlife Conflict in Africa
AFST 327 (W3:30-5:20pm)
Instructor: Nicoli Nattrass

This course looks at human-wildlife conflict in Africa and related attempts to conserve wildlife whilst ensuring sustainable livelihoods for people. Africa provides a lens for considering broader political economic questions about conservation, development, ‘green grabbing,’ and eco-tourism. The course pays particular attention to the challenges involved in enabling communities to protect and benefit from wildlife through tourism and hunting concessions.

African Encounters with Colonialism
AFST 333 (MW11:35a-12:25pm)
Instructor: Daniel Magaziner

How African societies and peoples encountered, engaged and endured the colonial and postcolonial world, from the arrival of Kiswahili-speaking traders at the shores of Lake Victoria in the 1840s through the rise and fall of European colonialism and the resulting forms of neocolonialism. Transformations and continues in African religious life; gendered sociability; popluar culture. 

Child Health and Development in Africa
AFST 382 (F3:30-5:20p)
Instructor: Nicholas Alipui

Examination of the most critical issues and trends in child health, child survival and development and efforts to incorporate priorities of children and future generations after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly

Democratic Politics and Public Policy in Contemporary Africa
AFST 400 (W 1:30 -3:20)
Instructor: Jeremy Seekings
Examination of how the resurgence of competitive, multi-party elections in Africa has reinfused democratic governance and transformed the process of public policy-making. Emphasis on the political landscape of public opinion and voting behavior; elections and political parties; the state and governance; as well as policy-making, with focus on economic and social policies.

West African Dance: Traditional to Contemporary
AFST 435 (TTH10:30-12:20p)
Instructor: Lacina Coulibaly
A practical and theoretical study of the traditional dances of Africa, focusing on those of Burkina Faso and their contemporary manifestations. Emphasis on rhythm, kinesthetic form, and gestural expression. The fusion of modern European dance and traditional African dance.

Medicine and Race in the Slave Trade
AFST 481 (T9:25-11:15a)
Instructor: Carolyn Roberts
Examination of the interconnected histories of medicine and race in the slave trade. Topics include the medical geography of the slave trade from slave prisons in West Africa to slave ships; slave trade drugs and forced drug consumption; mental and physical illnesses and their treatments; gender and the body; British and West African medicine and medical knowledge in the slave trade; eighteenth-century theories of racial difference and disease; medical violence and medical ethics.

Gateway to Africa
AFST 505 (Th3:30-5:20p)
Instructors: Michael Cappello & Veronica Waweru

This multidisciplinary seminar highlights the study of contemporary Africa through diverse academic disciplines. Each session features a Yale faculty scholar or guest speaker who shares their unique disciplinary perspective and methodological approach to studying Africa. Topics include themes drawn from the humanities, social sciences and public health with faculty representing expertise from across Yale’s graduate and professional school departments. 

Dance in Africa since the 1850’s
AFST 534 (10:30-12:20p)
Instructor: Cecile Feza Bushidi

This is a course about dance in a history of Africa. The main learning and teaching objectives are to address issues of representation, creativity, agency, and socio-cultural change by drawing on methodologies used by historians, art historians and anthropologists. The course will allow students to understand some aspects of Africa’s pasts through the study of dance and bodies in motion  in the cultural, stylistic, political, and aesthetic contexts in which they emerged. We will learn to appreciate some representations, meanings, and ideas of dance in precolonial Africa. We will reflect on the western exhibitions and music-halls that disseminated an exotic visual dance corpus between the 1850s and the late 1930s. The class will think about why and how African dancing bodies have inspired artists during the first half of the 20th century. We will discuss the potential of dance to articulate notions of self and ideas about national identity and ‘African personality’. We will talk about contemporary dancers from Africa.

Tackling the Big Three: Malaria, TB and HIV in Resource Limited Settings
AFST 568 (T10:00-11:50am)
Instructor: Sunil Parikh

Malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV account for more than five million deaths worldwide each year. This course provides a deep foundation for understanding these pathogens and explores the public health issues that surround these infectious diseases in resource-limited settings. Emphasis is placed on issues in Africa, but contrasts for each disease are provided in the broader developing world. The course is divided into three sections, each focusing in depth on the individual infectious disease as well as discussions of interactions among the three diseases. The sections consist of three to four lectures each on the biology, individual consequences, and community/public health impact of each infectious disease. Discussion of ongoing, field-based research projects involving the diseases is led by relevant faculty (research into practice). The course culminates with a critical discussion of major public health programmatic efforts to tackle these diseases, such as those of PEPFAR, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Fund, and the Stop TB Partnership.

African Studies Colloquium
AFST 590 (T1:30-3:20p)
Instructor: David Simon

Students conduct research for the master’s thesis, give presentations on their research, and prepare a bibliography, a prospectus, and a draft chapter of the master’s thesis. Discussion of model essays and other examples of writing.

Culture, Community, Nation in African History
AFST 834 (M1:30-3:20p)
Instructor: Daniel Magaziner

This readings course considers the cultural history of African communities, focusing on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics include art and the colonial encounter; popular culture and nationalism; histories of health and healing; performance, music, and writing in city life; and other subjects. Students read one monograph or selected articles per week, offer short response papers weekly, lead a class session, and present one historiographical essay at the end of the term.

Environmental History of Africa
AFST 839 (W9:25-11:15a)
Instructor: Robert Harms

An examination of the interaction between people and their environment in Africa and the ways in which this interaction has affected or shaped the course of African history.