Shanna de Caluwe

Portretfoto Shanna de Caluwe
The course "The Red and Black Atlantic: Transatlantic Constructs of Race, Culture, and Identity" was one of my favorites!
Shanna de Caluwe
Transatlantic Studies: History, Culture and Politics
Country of previous education
The Netherlands
Previous education
Bachelor's American Studies

Shanna studies Transatlantic Studies at Radboud University.

What did you like most about this Master's program?

I followed the course The Red and Black Atlantic: Transatlantic Constructs of Race, Culture, and Identity in the second period of the academic year, and I must say it was one of my favorites! The class was taught by two professors, one specialized in the “Red Atlantic” and the other in the “Black Atlantic”. The main goal of the course was to analyze and show how crucial race was in the creation of the Atlantic world and how it still is very important. Each week, the class had a different focus. We talked about the notions of the Red and Black Atlantic, their history and the current position of these concepts. It taught us that from colonialism onward the Atlantic world started to form and that race relations are, and have been crucial, in this. We also learned that the “Red” and “Black” inevitably are interrelated and not only exist along side each other. In other weeks we focused on slavery, the notion of “belonging”, multidirectional memory, the role of Black and Native soldiers in the Second World War and lastly also on protests and solidarity movements. All in all, the class taught me a lot about how the concepts and history of the Red and Black Atlantic are crucial in answering  questions about race, identity and human rights that still are of great concern to this day. It allowed me to see the issues in a bigger picture, namely an Atlantic one, instead of things that reserved to the United States only.

The course’s examination was also enjoyable, because we had several smaller assignments to show what we learned. We each got to write a response paper to a class of our choice, in which we were allowed to respond to anything that peaked our interest in this specific class. Next to this, there was a group assignment in which we analysed a museum that dealt with a topic that was discussed during the course. The final assignment was also group work, where each person wrote a paper with a different approach to the same research question. This was a great opportunity to share personal interests and what we had learned during the course!