AREA STUDY CENTRE FOR AFRICA, NORTH & SOUTH AMERICA
conducted a series of eight seminars on
Africa Then and Now
Contemporary Issues, History, Post-Colonial Africa, Politics, Literature and Culture with Ms. Shabnam Mayet. Every Friday, starting from March 4, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at Dr. Rais Ahmed Khan Seminar Room of the Centre. This exciting seminar series will conclude with a certificate ceremony and a sizzling finale of authentic African culture!
The aim of these lectures is to show participants an Africa far away from the usual racist, Eurocentric stereotypes that are forced upon us by the media and western literature. Africa is a continent rich in history and even richer in culture. There are amazing places and beautiful people. There is knowledge and art. There is a history of independent learning in the fields of mathematics and philosophy. Africa is not a monolith and it is definitely not one country as many choose to treat it. In reality, it is 53 countries – each so different from the other that at times it appears as if they belong on entirely different continents. Yes there are political issues and dictatorships and there is poverty but then again which continent is immune to strife and bad politics? The common discourses on Africa however are the result of a colonial project to belittle and subjugate a people and to disposes them of their glorious past and ensure that they are unable to move forward without the assistance of the west. We need to be aware of the dangers that speaking a single story on Africa hold and I hope that these seminars give some insight into the real stories of Africa and show that beyond the starving children and the wars there is no place with a bigger heart than Africa. It is my sincere hope that you find this course interesting and informative.
Course outline: The readings and video viewing is according to the sequence given below:
Introduction and Ancient Civilization: March 4, 2011
Chimamada Ahdichie, “The Danger of A Single Story” (video)
Krause, Kai. “The True Size of Africa.” Accessed March 1, 2011http://static02.mediaite.com/geekosystem/uploads/2010/10/true-size-of-africa.jpg.
Richard Dowden, “Africa is a night flight away,” in Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles (London: Portobello Books, 2008).
Chris Harman, “The African Civilisations,” in A People’s History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium (London: Verso, 2008), 136-139.
Binyavanga Wainaina, “How to write about Africa.”Granata. Accessed March 1, 2011. http://www.granta.com/Magazine/92/How-to-Write-about-Africa/Page-1
Slavery, Colonialism & Resistance: March 11, 2011
John Parker, and Richard Rathbone, “Colonialism in Africa,” in African History: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: OUP, 2007), 91-113.
J.M. Roberts, “Imperialism and International Relations: The ’Scramble for Africa’,” in The Penguin History of the Twentieth Century: The History of the World 1901 to Present (Penguin, 2004), 96-100.
L.S.Stavrianos, “The Slave Trade and the Atlantic Economy” in Global Rift: The Third World Comes of Age (William Morrow & Co, 1981), 105-121.
Post-Colonialism & African Philosophy: March 18, 2011
Roberts, J.M. “Africa and the Near East: Old and New Problems,” in The Penguin History of the Twentieth Century: The History of the World 1901 to Present (Penguin, 2004), 521-549.
Richard H. Bell, “Liberation and Postcolonial African Philosophy,” in Understanding African Philosophy: A Cross-Cultural Approach to Classical and Contemporary Issues (London: Routledge, 2002), 37-58.
Bruce B. Janz, “African philosophy.” Accessed March 16. http://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~janzb/papers/37AfPhil.pdf.
Fanon, Frantz. The Wretched of the Earth. Trans Richard Philcox (New York: Grove Press, 2004).
Book Club: March 25, 2011
– Chinua Achebe …………. …… – Joseph Conrad
Country Study – South Africa: April 1, 2011
Patrick Bond, “AIDS, Racism, Imperialism, and Capitalism: A Challenge-Desafio” in “A Political Economy of South African AIDS.” http://www.zcommunications.org/a-political-economy-of-south-african-aids-by-patrick-bond.
John Pilger, “Apartheid Did Not Die,” in Freedom Next Time: Resisting the Empire (New York: Nation Books, 2007), 175-261.
“AIDS, Racism, Imperialism, and Capitalism” available at African Search:http://www.egyptsearch.com/forums/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=15;t=004429
Patrick Bond, Looting Africa: The Economy of Exploitation (London: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2006). http://www.civicus.org/new/media/PatrickBond-LootingAfrica.doc.
Africa: 3rd World Struggles: April 8, 2011
John Bellamy Foster, “A Warning to Africa: The New U.S. Imperial Grand Strategy.” Accessed April 6, 2011. http://monthlyreview.org/2006/06/01/a-warning-to-africa-the-new-u-s-imperial-grand-strategy.
Ali Mazuri, “An African Half-Century,” The Guardian, 7.12.2011 Accessed April 6, 2011).
Mehmood Mamdani, “Introduction: Thinking about Genocide,” in When Victims Becomes Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda (Princeton University Press, 2001), 3-18.
Movie: Blood Diamonds
Contemporary Revolution: April 15, 2011
Tariq Ali, “Egypt’s joy as Mubarak quits.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/feb/11/egypt-cairo-hosni-mubarak. (Accessed: April 12, 2011)
Mark John, and Ange Aboa Abidjan. “’New era of hope’ in Côte d’Ivoire.” Mail & Guardian Online. Accessed April 12, 2011. http://mg.co.za/article/2011-04-12-new-era-of-hope-in-cte-divoire/
“Middle East: The Actuality of Revolution.” International Socialist Review: 76 (March–April 2011). Accessed April 12, 2011. http://www.isreview.org/issues/76/editorial.shtml.
Mahmood Mamdani, “The Politics of Naming: Genocide, Civil War, Insurgency.” London Review of Books. March 8, 2007. http://www.lrb.co.uk/v29/n05/mahmood-mamdani/the-politics-of-naming-genocide-civil-war-insurgency.
Preliminary class presentations
Hands on Mapping Africa
Class Presentations & Embassy Cultural Finale: Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Faiz’s ‘Aajao Africa’ reflected in cultural finale – The News 21 April, 2011
9 PM News Headlines – 20 April 2011 SAMAA news
NEWS IN BRIEF | Newspaper | DAWN.COM 20 April 2011
Africa Series Symposia
H.E. Mr. Mourad Bourehla, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia, “Tunisia: A Country of Reformation” April 28, 2010.
“Ibn Khaldun, Father of Social Science,” One Day Symposium, 9 am-1 pm, March 17, 2008
Inauguration & Presentation:
Dr. Qasim Jan, Professor & Vice Chancellor, QAU, “Ibn Khaldun and the Natural Sciences”
Dr. Noman ul Haq, Professor, LUMS, “The Earthbound Journey of Historical Methodology: Explaining Ibn Khaldun’s Fatherhood of the Social Sciences”
Mir Annice Mehmud, PIDE, “Economic Philosophy of Ibn Khaldun”
H.E. Dr. Zoughaier Dhaouadi, Ambassador of Tunisia, “Ibn-Khaldun’s Philosophy on Governance”
Chair & Conclusion: Prof. Z.I.Ansari, Dir-Gen Islamic Research Institute
Faculty Presentations and Publications