LET-NAS415
The Red and Black Atlantic: Transatlantic Constructs of Race, Culture, and Identity
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-NAS415
Credits (ECTS)5
Category-
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; English Language and Culture;
Lecturer(s)
Coordinator
dr. L.M. De Vos
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Lecturer
dr. L.M. De Vos
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Contactperson for the course
dr. L.M. De Vos
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Examiner
dr. L.M. De Vos
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Academic year2023
Period
PER 2  (06/11/2023 to 28/01/2024)
Starting block
PER 2
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims

The student

  • understands the crucial importance of race in the creation of the Atlantic world.
  • understands the differences in the ways that whiteness, blackness and redness were constructed and the political reasons thereof. 
  • understands the centrality of contact, exchange and hybridity in the Atlantic world. 
  • develops an understanding of the ways in which Black Studies and Native Studies can successfully be brought together. 
Content
Through various case studies, this course examines the crucial importance of race in the creation of the Atlantic World and Atlantic world history. In particular, we will study the differences in the ways that Africans on the one hand, and indigenous peoples on the other hand, were constructed and represented by the colonial powers in relation to constructions of whiteness. We will also consider the impact of these racial constructions on human lives, on political developments, and on the creation of identities. Simultaneously, we will study how these rigid conceptualizations of race and identity ran, and continue to run, counter to the most important reality of the Atlantic world: the mixing of cultures, the mixing of genes, the processes of cultural exchange—hybridity, in other words. Much of the course will explore the types of contact and the processes of exchange that existed between these groups of people, between those caught up in the African diaspora, indigenous peoples and Europeans, not just in the colonial periods, but though the centuries and up to the present day. Finally, this course will explore ways in which Black Studies and Native Studies—fields that are not usually combined—can be brought together to better answer the many questions concerning race, identity, human rights and belonging that the Atlantic world gave birth to.
Level

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information

Specifics

Required materials
Articles
various materials provided or linked on Brightspace
Book
ISBN:9781849354721
Title:Begin The World Over
Author:Kung Li Sun
Publisher:AK Press
Book
ISBN:9780807011683
Title:An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States
Author:Kyle T. Mays
Publisher:Beacon Press

Instructional modes
Lecture

Seminar

Tests
Participation
Test weight50
Test typeParticipation
OpportunitiesBlock PER 2

Minimum grade
5,5

Research Paper
Test weight50
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 2, Block PER 3

Minimum grade
5,5