African Modernities: Popular Cultures in Twentieth Century Africa (HIH2224A)

30 credits

This module focuses on the history of social change and popular cultures in twentieth century sub-Saharan Africa, looking at

both colonial and postcolonial eras. The development of popular cultures will be explored through looking at histories of

changing ‘customs’ , urban life, ethnic identities, gender relations, leisure time, political protest, witchcraft and religious belief.

The impact that migration and diasporic communities have on expressions of popular culture will also be explored. The module

will also investigate ideas of ‘modernity’, postcolonialism and globalization in an African context, and the impact of international

relations and human rights discourse on the continent. Sources used for this course will include African literature, anthropology,

government and NGO reports, public health data, film, music, art, fashion and mass media.