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55561-01 - Seminar: Women in African History 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2021
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende Lorena Rizzo (lorena.rizzo@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt This course looks at the lives and experiences of ‘women’ in African history, between the 17th and the 20th century. Hereby we anticipate that the category of ‘woman’ is a social and cultural construct, which needs to be reflected historically and against the backdrop of contemporary concerns with non-binary and gender theoretical propositions. The course considers prominent and powerful ‘women’, among them royal dignitaries, members of colonial elites, intellectuals or writers, as well as disempowered and disenfranchised female slaves, workers, and rural dwellers. The ‘women’s’ lives and experiences will take us on a journey through West, East, Central and Southern Africa, and we will consider them in ways that situate these ‘women’ in the social, political, and cultural worlds they inhabited, while at the same time preserving the possibility of their originality and individuality to emerge. We pay attention to how the lives and experiences of historical subjects emerge from the archive, how they are narrated and mediated – through archival sources authored by missionaries, colonial officers, adventures and researchers; how these lives and experiences are made and remade in autobiographical narratives produced by African ‘women’ themselves; how they are represented through visual forms and media such as historical photographs, etchings, paintings, and films; or constituted in the narratives produced by contemporary historians. The visual in particular will allow us to explore how some African women from the past have developed remarkable afterlives across a wide range of political, cultural and aesthetic practices by which contemporary African societies negotiate memory and historical consciousness. We are, in short, interested in African women’s lives as lived, narrated and transformed. The course will provide opportunities for exploring African women’s and gender history through some of the most interesting historical scholarship, but it will more importantly focus on close ‘readings’ of written and visual archival sources. Films, graphic arts and exhibits will take us into the domain of public history.

Literatur Nancy Rose Hunt, The Affective, The Intellectual, and Gender History. The Journal of African History, 55, 3, 2014: 331-345.
Keguro Macharia, Archive and Method in Queer African Studies. Agenda, 103/29 (1), 2015: 140-146.
Marc Epprecht, Sexuality, Africa, History. American Historical Review, Forum, 114, 5, 2009: 1258-1272.


Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 23.09.2021 – 18.12.2021
Zeit Donnerstag, 10.00-12.00 Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Datum Zeit Raum
Donnerstag 23.09.2021 09.00-12.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Donnerstag 07.10.2021 09.00-12.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Donnerstag 02.12.2021 09.00-12.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Samstag 18.12.2021 09.00-17.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Module Modul: Areas: Afrika (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte in globaler Perspektive )
Modul: Aufbau Neuere / Neueste Geschichte (Bachelor Studienfach Geschichte)
Modul: Basics: History (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Knowledge Production and Transfer (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Media and Imagination (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Neuere / Neueste Geschichte (Master Studienfach Geschichte)
Modul: Sachthemen der Ethnologie (Bachelor Studienfach Ethnologie)
Modul: Themenfelder der Geschlechterforschung (Bachelor Studienfach Geschlechterforschung)
Modul: Theory and General Anthropology (Master Studienfach Anthropology)
Modul: Vertiefung Themenfelder der Geschlechterforschung (Master Studienfach Geschlechterforschung)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Zentrum für Afrikastudien