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In the last two decades, historians have paid increasing attention to the history of Black political thought. New works have shed light, in this regard, on how Black political actors have theorized about key political concepts such as colonialism and imperialism, slavery, domination, and freedom.
Conceived as an introduction to this new historiographic tradition, the aim of this seminar is twofold. First, it will offer an introduction to 19th and 20th-century Black political thought through key texts of authors from Africa and the African diaspora. Second, it will introduce participants to debates, methods, and practical skills in global intellectual history and the history of political thought.
A more comprehensive reading list will be circulated at the beginning of the term.
Davis, Angela. Women, Race and Class. Vintage, 1983.
Du Bois, W. E. B. The Souls of Black Folk. Oxford University Press, 2014.
Cabral, Amílcar. Resistance and Decolonization. Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.
Fanon, Frantz. The Wretched of the Earth. Grove, 2005.
Michael, Theodor. Black German. Liverpool University Press, 2017.
Kilomba, Grada. Plantation Memories. Unrast, 2008.
Truth, Sojourner. "Ain't I a Woman?" The Sojourner Truth Project, 1851/1863.
To validate the course, students must 1) make a presentation in class, 2) submit a 1,000-word essay and 3) a final paper by September 30, 2022 (length to be determined by the relevant Studienordnung).
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