Stephanie M. H. Camp
Fall 2004 topic: "Comparative Slavery in the Americas" This course is a reading seminar dedicated to the investigation of what slavery looked and felt like in different contexts, as well as to changing ideas of who was enslave-able and why. Some of the course’s key themes are: comparative racial formations, slavery and gender, and culture and resistance. These themes will be studied comparatively, looking at African slavery as well as the diverse forms enslavement took in different parts of the Americas. The goals of the class are few. Our first goal is become acquainted with how slavery changed and developed over time in the Atlantic world context and what kinds of changes and developments it, in turn, caused. Our second goal is to give you, the students, the opportunity to discuss what you are learning, what confused you, what you found compelling, what you found unconvincing. The emphasis in this seminar, then, is on discussion and debate. Students must come to each and every class fully prepared to engage with one another about the readings.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Experience in a seminar helps, but is not required. Willingness to read c. 100 pages per week and to talk actively with others in is indispensable.
Class assignments and grading
Participation (35% of final grade); weekly reading responses or peer responses (35%); 8-10 pp. final reflection paper (30%).