Vicente L. Rafael
Introduces students to the historiography of modern European/American colonialisms, focusing on Africa, Asia, and/or the Americas. Addresses methodological and conceptual issues by examining relationship between capitalism and colonialism; violence and routinization of colonial power; colonial categories of race, ethnicity, class, and gender; and resistance movements and nationalist politics.
The theme for this year's seminar is the United States empire in comparative perspective. We will read recent works that situate US history in relation to imperial and postcolonial histories--for example, those of Spain, Britain and an emergent "Third World"--around such topics as the ideology of "exceptionalism", slavery and abolition, nationalism and colonialism, and race and immigration.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Weekly readings, discussions.
No prerequisites. Students must have graduate standing or seek permission of the professor. Primarily for history graduats students, but non-history majors will be considered if space is available.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments include taking responsibility for discussing one or two of the assigned weekly readings, and a seminar paper on a topic to be approved by the professor.
Class participation and written work will be the basis for assigning grades.