African Urban Hip-Hop, Diaspora, and Decolonial Futures – syllabus
AFRS3000 / 3 credits
This course provides students with the intellectual toolkit necessary for critiquing the relationship between African creative expression and sociopolitical experiences that span transnational contexts. Through an experiential engagement with urban cultures that constantly engage the limits of coloniality, global capitalism, and local political realities, this course will particularly focus on the ways in which African urban hip-hop functions as decolonial pedagogical praxes and counter-hegemonic movements against cultural and economic imperialism in the global African diaspora, in general, and in the U.S. and Ghana in particular. We will explore how observed practices in host families, entertainment venues, places of worship, artist workshops, markets, political spheres, etc., expose the way discourses on “Africa” have participated in our own conceptions of, and relation with, the continent, and how engaging these discourses and practices, in light of our experiences, can prepare us to not only reconceptualize the pluriversality of the continent but also re-imagine African descended peoples’ futures in decolonial terms.