HIST232 - AFRICAN URBAN HISTORY

Description: 
African cities in the past contributed to dynamic and prosperous civilizations. African cities in the present demonstrate the failure of models of development and ideals of industrialization. What happened? This course examines Africans’ aspirations for modernity through the lens of African urban history using fiction, film and current scholarship in several disciplines. Each class will explore two temporalities—the precolonial history of African cities, and the colonial and postcolonial histories of economic, social and political progress which goes by the name of development. Grounded in the case studies of both ancient and modern cities, this course explores the emergence and decline of trading centers, the rise of colonial cities, and the dilemmas of postcolonial economies and politics.
Instructors: 
DYER, ELIZABETH
Day and Time: 
R 0300PM-0600PM
Room: 

DAVID RITTENHOUSE LAB 2C4

Activity: 
SEM
Cross Listings: 
    Registration Notes: 
    CROSS CULTURAL ANALYSIS