Prof. Jean Comaroff
Mon. 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
This course is taught in conjunction with, and as part of, the African Studies Workshop at Harvard (ASW). It consists of two components: (i) an under/graduate student seminar component, to be held every Monday at 9.45-11.30, at which the class will discuss an original research paper, and (ii) a public session, held every Monday afternoon at 2.00-4.00, at which the author of that paper will present it in person to an audience composed of faculty, students, and Africanists from elsewhere. During the semester, we shall explore Africa’s changing place in the world, and the new economies, legalities, socialities, and cultural forms that have arisen there. We shall also examine the claim that the African present is a foreshadowing of processes beginning to occur elsewhere across the globe; that, therefore, it is a productive source of theory and analysis about current conditions world-wide.