Anti-Colonialism: Struggles, Connections, and Imaginations
Guest Lecturer: Hanan Sabea, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Anti-colonialism in Africa is a process of both struggle and imagination of a different kind of societal order that is not limited to the de-colonization moment nor has necessarily ended with the achievement of political independence. The connections between different places and people (across social categories, countries, colonial empires and continents) were(are) fundamental in shaping the meanings, strategies and course of anti-colonial struggles in Africa. In examining these connections over time, we will focus on: 1) the struggles of the masses: women; workers; trader unions; peasants; students; religious groups and how they shaped the consciousness of and against colonial formations; 2) the intellectual and political formation of a group of nationalists who presented a new imaginary of society and pursued various paths politically, socially and economically in actualizing such a vision; 3) the influence of the movement of ideas and people across the US, France, the Caribbean, England and Africa.
Concepts and Historiographies