This upper level seminar focuses on historical, socioeconomic, and cultural links between Africa and Brazil. Beginning with the trans-Atlantic slave trade we will examine the flow of people, ideas, and practices between Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The course includes a significant component of African history including West Africa, West Central Africa, and Southeast Africa. We also address the history of the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe (primarily Portugal). The purpose of the course is to examine critically these historical links and the expression of these connections in cultural practices such as candomblé, Catholicism, capoeira and Carnival. Additionally, government policies and artistic movements intersected in ways that highlighted the unique interactions between Africa, Latin America, and Europe that occurred in Brazil including "whitening" policies, the "Cannibal Manifesto," military regimes, and tropicalismo. Over the semester, we will look at these ongoing connections between Africa and Brazil as specific and historically contextualized, yet generally representative of broad events and movements in the modern era.
COURSE FORMAT: Seminar
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST Grading Mode: Graded
Prerequisites: NONE Links to Web Resources For This Course.
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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