Category Archives: Africa

The Black Atlantic (220/303)

Here is some background to our discussion about Afrofuturism, taken from a lecture I gave a couple of years ago.

Maritime Culture, America, and the Black Atlantic

“The Oceanic Revolution”: the opening of the Western Hemisphere to exploration and colonization was a world historical event. The central figures of this revolution were sailors and the enslaved.

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A Parting Gift

From the New York Times:

The administration has decided to deem the Shabab, the Islamist militant group in Somalia, to be part of the armed conflict that Congress authorized against the perpetrators of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to senior American officials. The move is intended to shore up the legal basis for an intensifying campaign of airstrikes and other counterterrorism operations, carried out largely in support of African Union and Somali government forces.

Notably, al-Shabab did not even exist in 2001.

The Belgian Congo (HUM220/ HUM303/HUM415)

Students of HUM220 and HUM303: The first two of these films provide crucial context for Joseph Conrad’s The Heart of Darkness.

Students of HUM415: If you are interested in learning more about the violence required by capitalism in its colonial and neocolonial forms, these films will be useful.

A documentary film based on Adam Hochschild’s award-winning history King Leopold’s Ghost:

A BBC documentary on the Belgian colonialism in Congo:

A very compelling docu-drama about Patrice Lumumba, his murder with the complicity of the CIA, and neocolonialism: