Special Topics in Art History: African Atlantic History/Visual Culture

ARTH 299
ARTH 299

African Atlantic Histories and Visual Cultures. This is an inter-disciplinary course on the diverse histories and visual cultures of Africa and it’s trans-Atlantic diasporas from the late fifteenth century to the present. The course will be organized around specific themes rather than on chronology. We will highlight the resilience and struggles of enslaved Africans and their descendants in (re)creating some of the main cultural and religious staples of the Americas. While emphasizing the tragedy of the slave trade and racial capitalism and terror, we will also examine how Black returnees to Africa initiated mutual cultural influences between Africa and its trans-Atlantic diasporas in music, art, fashion/textiles, architecture, food and political identities from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century. Finally we will discuss how Africans and people of African descent remember the slave trade through art, museum exhibits and performances.