Getting ready for Fall/Winter 2022-23?

Are you a new or returning student come September? Are you looking for exciting courses this upcoming academic year? Checkout some of the interesting courses lined up for the fall and winter term.

AFRI 2003  –  Great Lakes Region of Africa
The economic, social and political challenges facing the Great Lake Regions of Africa, including the 1994 Rwanda genocide and its aftermath. Course is segmented into; The Interlacustrine Kingdoms, The Colonial Encounters, The Decolonization Processes, The East African Community, The Tanzania-Uganda War, The Rwandan Genocide, The Congo Wars, The Burundi Peace Negotiations, The Refugee Crises, The Rwanda-Uganda Conflict, The Kenya-Uganda-Rwanda’s Coalition of the Willing, The East African Federation.

FILM 3609  –  African Cinema
This course will focus on major moments, debates, figures and movements in African cinema around such categories as the colonial, the anti-colonial, the postcolonial, the national, the continental, the diasporic, the global, race, Afro-futurism, and world cinema, interrogating in the process the very category of “African cinema.”
Also listed as AFRI 3609.

AFRI 3200  –  African Digital Humanities
This special topic course takes a thematic approach to African Digital Studies. Course content covers; Africa and Digital Humanities, Africa and Digital History, Africa and Digital Geography, Africa and Digital Literature, Africa and Digital Art, Africa and Digital Music, Africa and Digital Diplomacy, Africa and Digital Democracy, Africa and Digital Journalism, Africa and Digital Entrepreneurship.

AFRI 3916  –  Spoken Word Poetry Workshop
This intermediate-level workshop-based course explores traditions of spoken words poetry while requiring students to create and perform their own spoken word poems. Also listed as ENGL 3916.

AFRI 4003  –  History of ‘The African Child’
Students will analyze the history of the figure of ‘the African child’ using a range of visual, sources from colonial officials, anthropologists, historians, advertisers, charity and development workers, and African children themselves.

Other Courses on offer include;
PSCI 3100             Politics of Development in Africa
ENGL 2927           African Literatures II
HIST 4701            African History
AFRI 5050           Racecraft: African Perspectives
AFRI 3004           The African City
AFRI 2004           North Africa
HIST 2707            Modern Africa
ANTH 2620         Ethnography Sub-Saharan Africa

See full course listing for the 2022-23 academic term here and on Carleton Central.


The Aesthetics, Politics, and Cultural Economy of African Stand-up Comedy – Special Issue of the Nokoko Journal

Stand-up comedy persists as one form of cultural production in Africa that defines how Africans negotiate their existence and artistically re-frame the burden of nationhood, social identities, and everyday existential challenges. At its core, stand-up comedy is a form of cultural criticism driven by aesthetic, political and economic forces. Through humour, African stand-up comedians produce alternative public spheres and commentaries, share coded messages that implicate socio-political inclusion and exclusion, the individuality of experience, and the self-critical way we think about ourselves as people.

Despite Africa’s tortuous postcolonial experience, humour is emerging as a central node in reorienting African publics as to their excruciating socio-political conditions and to the urgency of imagination. Stand-up comedy, notable for the immediacy of its face-to-face interaction, is one of Africa’s most popular emergent art forms—produced and circulated through multiple traditional and digital media. Yet, despite its ubiquity on the continent, especially in urban centres, stand-up comedy is regrettably among the less theorized and less analysed genre of African oral tradition and popular cultural production.

In this special issue, we approach the form systematically by examining how stand-up comics reflect on identity politics in Africa, appraise the provenance and evolution of the form, while highlighting its significant contribution to the cultural economy of the continent.

The entire issue can be accessed here OR 


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