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Instructor Info:Rachel Engmann
Term: 2014F
Meeting Info: Thursday
09:00 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) ELH
Description: Too often 'Western' historical narratives consider Africans and African Diasporans as 'People Without History'. Such a notion refers to peoples who cultures do not, or possess few formally written histories. This class employs archaeology to investigate imperialism, colonialism, genocide, slavery, resistance and black nationalism, exploring local histories once marginalized, silenced and erased. This course focuses on the major themes, ideas and research entailed in historical archaeology of the Africana experience, on both sides of the Atlantic, in Africa and in the Americas. This course adopts an interpretive framework drawing upon objects, texts and oral narratives, illustrating the historical and cultural continuities between Atlantic Africa and Diaspora. We will begin by examining West African archaeological evidence of daily social life, then focus on North American and Caribbean material, exploring the ways enslaved Africans in the diaspora interpreted conditions in the Americas, addressing topics such as social, racial, ethnic, religious and gendered identities, power and inequality, resistance and maroonage.