Fall 2023 Africana Studies GU4001 section 001

Afro-Latin America in the Artistic Imagi


Call Number 00002
Day & Time
R 2:10pm-4:00pm
406 Barnard Hall
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Tamara Walker
Course Description

How have painters, filmmakers, novelists, and other artists portrayed the history of Africans and their descendants in Latin America? How do those portrayals – of the Middle Passage, slavery, revolution, abolition, and contemporary social movements, to name a few examples – compare to scholarly approaches to those same subjects? To answer these and other questions, this class brings together a wide array of materials covering more than five hundred years of Afro-Latin American history. The course will move chronologically from the 15th century to the present, with each week devoted to grappling with a topic relevant to the history of Afro-Latin America in a given era, as viewed through both artistic and scholarly sources. Students will come to class prepared to consider what each has to offer to our understanding of the past. We will also debate the possibilities of using art to disseminate historical knowledge, and whether there any dangers to privileging artistic over scholarly approaches to history (or vice versa). In addition, because NYC is home to so many museums, archives, and cultural institutions relevant to our subject, it will serve as an experiential laboratory where we will spend several of our class meetings. Learning outcomes. By the end of the semester, students will be skilled at the following:

 analyzing artistic and scholarly sources on their own terms

 discussing them in relation to one another

 evaluating the utility of these diverse materials to the process of understanding the past.

Web Site Vergil
Department Africana Studies (AFSB)
Enrollment 8 students (16 max) as of 9:05PM Monday, May 20, 2024
Subject Africana Studies
Number GU4001
Section 001
Division Barnard College
Campus Barnard College
Section key 20233AFRS4001W001