ARCH 566/AAS 406D


For Jan. 25: Maps and Mapping

  • J.B. Harley, "Deconstructing the Map," Cartography (Summer 1989): 1-20

  • Tamara Giles-Vernick, On the Road of History: Mapping Out the Past and Present in M'Bres Region, Central African Republic," Ethnohistory (Spring 1996): 245-268

For Feb. 1: West Africa and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

  • Kevin Shillington, History of Africa (New York: Macmillan, 2nd ed. 1995).

    • Ch. 7 (pp. 90-106): Islam and the Sudanic states of west Africa

    • Ch. 12 (pp. 170-180): The Atlantic Slave Trade, sixteenth to eighteenth centuries

    • Ch. 13 (pp. 181-196):West African states and societies. to the eighteenth century

  • James L. Newman, The Peopling of Africa: A Geographic Introduction (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995)

    • Ch. 7 (pp. 104-36): Western Africa


  • Paul Bohannan and Philip Curtin, Africa and Africans (4th ed.) (Prospect Heights IL: Waveland Press, 1995).

    • PT. 1: 6-45

    • Pt. 2: 126-64

For Feb. 8: Roots Festivals, Slave Castles, and Heritage Tourism
  • Willie Lee Rose, "An American Family," The New York Review of Books 23 (Nov. 11, 1976): 6-8.

  • Donald R. Wright, "Uprooting Kunta Kinte: On the Perils of Relying on Encyclopedic Informants," History in Africa 8 (1981): 205-217.

  • Edward M. Bruner, "Tourism in Ghana: The Representation of Slavery and the Return of the Black Diaspora," American Anthropologist, Vol. 98, No. 2 (June 1996): 290-304.

For Feb. 15: Colonialism and Anticolonialism
  • Frederick Cooper, "Conflict and Connection: Rethinking Colonial African History, American Historical Review 99 (1994): 1516-1545.

  • Ali Mazrui and Michael Tidy, "The Ghanaian Revolution," in Nationalism and New States in Africa (London: Heinemann, 1984): 56-65.

  • John Kenneth Noyes, "The Natives and their Places: 'Ethnographic Cartography' and the Representation of Autonomous Spaces in Ovamboland, German South West Africa," History and Anthropology 8 (1994): 237-264.

    OPTIONAL: Suggested as an Example of Primary Data

  • Edmund Gilbert and R. Steel, "Social Geography and its Place in Colonial Studies: British Africa," Geographical Journal 106 (1945): 118-131.

For Feb. 22: In-Class Workshop
  • US/ICOMOS, Conservation and Tourism Development Plan for Cape Coast (available on reserve at Clemons Library). Please be prepared to discuss -- and critique -- the entire document.

For March 1: Photography and Fashion in Africa
  • Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography ( New York: Hill and Wang, 1981): sections 5 and 42.

  • Okwui Enwezor and Octavio Zaya, “Colonial Imagery, Tropes of Disruption: History, Culture, and Representation in the Works of African Photographers” from In/sight: African Photographers, 1940 to the Present.

  • Judith Perani and Norma H. Wolff, “Cloth and Dress as a Mirror of Culture,” from Cloth, Dress and Art Patronage in Africa (New York: Berg): 28-48.

  • Jean Loup Pivin, “Totem and Icon” from Anthology of African and Indian Ocean Photography (Paris: Revue Noire): 24-32.

  • Tobias Wendl, “Portraits and Scenery in Ghana” from Anthology of African and Indian Ocean Photography (Paris: Revue Noire): 142-156.

For March 22: The Impress of Religion on the West African Landscape

Read closely for discussion:

  • For Engelke:Anthony Appiah, In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture (Oxford University Press, 1992), Ch. 6, Old Gods, New Worlds: 107-137

  • For Ray: Judith Perani and Fred T. Smith, The Visual Arts of Africa: Gender, Power, and Life Cycle Rituals (Prentice Hall), "The Fante" and "New Directions in Akan Art," 123-125.

  • For Ray: Monica Blackmun Visona, et al., A History of Art in Africa, "Age-Grade Arts of the Lagoons People," "Arts of Fante Military Companies," "Lives Well Lived," 220-226. [Please note: Pages out of order.]

Skim for background:

  • Paul Gifford, African Christianity: Its Public Role (Indiana University Press, 1998), Ch. 3, Ghana: 57-111.