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HI 304D / HI 354D
THE BLACK ATLANTIC WORLD: FROM AFRICA TO THE AFRICAN DIASPORA, 1700s-2000s
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr K Salt

Pre-requisite(s): Available to students only in Programme Year 3 or above.

Note(s): This module is available to students on all non-History degree programmes as a Discipline Breadth course for the enhanced study requirement. However, the admission of students with a non-History degree intention will be at the discretion of the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy.

This course will be available in 2012/13 as HI 304D.

In 1993, sociologist Paul Gilroy published The Black Atlantic, a text that spurred the creation of something now known as 'the black Atlantic.' Critics use this term to signal a geographical region, a diasporic community of persons who share a past laced with displacement(s) and resistance, and counter-narratives to global modernisms that have obfuscated the voices of African-descended persons. Although inspiration can be found within its field-imaginary, few critics confront what it is and who represents it. This course focuses on these questions by examining the historiography of 'the black Atlantic' from the 18th to the 21st centuries.

Two 90-minute seminars per week.

1st Attempt: Continuous Assessment (100%): 3,500-word Essay (50%); 1,500-word Primary text analysis (25%); three 500-word Response Papers (15%); Participation (10%).

Resit: Continuous Assessment: Essay (50%); one 1,500-word Essay in lieu of Primary text analysis (30%); one 1,500-word Response Paper in lieu of the 3 Response Papers (20%). All materials produced for the resit must represent new work. Previously handed-in course materials will not be accepted.