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AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES (L90)  (Dept. Info)Arts & Sciences  (Policies)SP2017

L90 AFAS 4881Mad: Mental Illness, Power & Resistance in African & the Caribbean3.0 Units
Description:This course is a senior seminar that explores the history of mental illness in Africa and the Caribbean during the colonial and post-colonial periods. We will be guided by the following questions: What is mental illness? How do social, cultural and political realities affect how mental illness is defined? Should mental illness always be analyzed within a specific cultural context? How did psychiatry factor into the efforts of European colonizers to maintain social order in their colonies? How have colonized people resisted colonial notions of madness? What is the place of religion in these histories? How did mental institutions change after the end of colonial rule and how was post-colonial Caribbean and African psychiatry harnessed in service of decolonization? We will pay special attention to how European colonial powers employed similar understandings of blackness across regions as they formulated ideas concerning the black populations they deemed "mad" across Africa and the Caribbean. This will allow us to see the benefits of a transnational approach to this history while also recognizing the specificities of each local context. We will also take seriously how the different worldviews and experiences of colonized peoples challenged the definitions of madness imposed by colonial discourses. Our readings will include studies of Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Algeria, Jamaica, Cuba and Barbados. Modern, Transregional. PREREQUISITE: Permission of the Instructor. Students registering for this course must also register for L22 49IR/39 for 1 unit. Open to undergraduate students only.
Attributes:A&S IQHUM, LCDENH
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:CP Fees:
Course Type:IdentSame As:L22 4881Frequency:Every 2-3 Years / History


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