Anno accademico 2021/2022
- Codice attività didattica
- Alessandro Gusman (Titolare dell'insegnamento)
- Corso di studio
- Corso di laurea magistrale in Antropologia culturale ed etnologia (LM-1)
Master's Degree Course in Area and global studies for international cooperation
- 2° anno
- Primo semestre
- Affine o integrativo
- SSD attività didattica
- M-DEA/01 - discipline demoetnoantropologiche
- Tipologia esame
The course explores the central debates and issues in the anthropology of Sub-Saharan Africa. Through a thematic and geographically broad approach, it will provide students with a broad perspective on cultural diversity within the continent, and on some the main challenges contemporary Africa faces.
In media and popular representations, Africa is often described as a place of poverty, conflicts and dependence. The aim of the course is to contextualize the socio-cultural and economic processes taking place in the continent and to provide students with a counter-narrative to this mainstream representations.
To this aim, the course aims to develop the skills: to connect ethnographic cases to relevant anthropological theories; to critically analyze and contextualize news articles, movies, novels; to understand socio-cultural change in Africa within a global context.
Risultati dell'apprendimento attesi
By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to:
1) identify the main thematic areas in Africanist anthropology and their relevance for the analysis of contemporary African politics and societies
2) use the basic concepts of anthropology to analyze issues related to African “development” in its different aspects and implications
3) recognize and critically deconstruct the scholarly, journalistic and artistic mainstream representations of Africa
- The politics of representation: critiques, decolonization and pluralism in African studies
- A brief introduction to Africanist anthropology: classic authors and approaches
- African economies and “development” as an object of anthropological enquiry
- African cities: urbanization, new forms of belonging, informality
- Migration and mobilities within and from the African continent; forced displacement
- Contextualizing illness and health; access to healthcare in the African continent
Modalità di insegnamento
The course will be taught in presence (with online streaming of the lessons) and consists of lectures (Thursdays and the first half of Fridays lectures) and students' presentation and discussion of the chapters of Global Shadows (Firdays, second half of the lectures). The course consists of lectures, students’ presentations and discussion of selected articles and essays.
Articles, videos and other materials will be posted on Moodle for discussion. Students are expected to actively participate in forums and discussions through the Moodle platform.
Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento
For attending students, knowledge of concepts and ethnographic cases discussed during the course, and of some chapters of the main textbook, are assessed through an ongoing written assignment (worth 50% of the final grade), that will be held towards the end of the course.
As an alternative to this, attending students can choose to pass an oral exam on the textbook "Global Shadows" in the scheduled Winter exam sessions (January and February).
A final essay (maximum 4,000 words; 50% of the final grade), to be written by students in pairs, and focused on a topic selected among those discussed in class, will complete the evaluation of the course.
For non-attending students the final evaluation will consist on an oral exam based on the textbook "Global Shadows. Africa in the Neoliberal World Order", on two articles among those posted in the course materials, and on a second book to be agreed with the teacher according to the student's interests.
Testi consigliati e bibliografia
- Global Shadows. Africa in the Neoliberal World Order
- Anno pubblicazione:
- Duke University Press
- James Ferguson
Other readings will be proposed for presentation and discussion (for students attending the course).
Non-attending students will be assigned some of the same additional readings, and a second book, upon agreement with the teacher.
The course will be held from November 4 to December 10, from 3pm to 6pm.
Schedule of the course with lecture rooms (PLEASE NOTE that this will be a "wandering class", as during the first lecture we experience some problems with the previously assigned lecture room):
November 4: Einaudi 3
November 5: room F1
November 11: C3
November 12: 3 Einaudi
November 18: F1
November 19: F1
November 25: F1
November 26: F1
December 2: C3
December 3: C2
December 9: F1
December 10: C2
- Apertura registrazione
- 01/09/2021 alle ore 00:00
- Chiusura registrazione
- 28/02/2022 alle ore 23:55