HIST7361: Race and Resistance in Black Atlantic Thought
Teacher: Kate Quinn
This course examines the currents of thought developed by black intellectuals and activists in the twentieth century ‘Black Atlantic’. Ranging from the Pan-Africanist movement of the early twentieth century to the anti-systemic critique offered by Rastafarianism in the 1960s and 1970s, the course explores key issues that animated thinking about the condition of the black diaspora in the modern world. These include themes of individual and collective identity; colonialism and anti-colonialism; capitalism and socialism; racism and discrimination; and the relationship with Africa and the wider ‘Third World’. The course pays attention to the transnational dynamics stimulating the development of political thought in the black diaspora, as well as the differences and tensions that fragmented unitary visions of global black solidarity. Sources for the course will include not only the key primary texts but also music, recorded speeches, films and documentaries.
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