HIST 4915A: Topics in History (Black Popular Culture)
Fall 2020

Instructor: Prof. Daniel McNeil

Blackness continues to be a disruptive presence in Western societies. Throughout this course, we will move between texts, discourses and mediums that speak to various aspects of Black cultural expression that work within, across, against and outside the nation-state.  We will also consider key questions explored by critical thinkers such as, what is this ‘Black’ in ‘Black Popular culture’?

Students will have the opportunity to pursue their interests in Black Popular Culture in creative assignments that apply key themes and issues covered in the course to advance critical inquiry about Black identity, popular culture, and the meaning of culture. These assignments include, but are not limited to, podcasts and social media campaigns.