Spring 2017


Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-309  |  History, as HIST-350


Mary E. Hicks (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 350 [AF/LA/c] and BLST 309 [CLA/D]) One of the longest and largest migrations in world history was between Western Africa and Brazil; over the course of four centuries the slave trade displaced nearly six million Africans to the then-Portuguese colony.  In this course, students will explore the material, cultural, intellectual, linguistic and economic exchanges that defined the relationship between Western Africa and Brazil from 1500 to the present. Through this history, students will consider how this unique connection spurred new forms of transatlantic consciousness and identity in Brazilian society. Our examination of the linked histories of Africa and Brazil will allow us to probe a number of questions: How does this history help us understand Brazil’s emergence as the world’s first self-described “racial democracy”? Who decides what is “modern”? How is race related to ideas of civilization, order and progress? What does “authenticity” mean?  Does understanding black history outside of the United States challenge our ideas of how racial identities are created, experienced and maintained?  And finally, is black consciousness universal? Two class meetings per week.Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Hicks.

If Overenrolled: Preference to BLST and HIST majors.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2017