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African Culture & Colonialism. Tara Reyelts’ Senior Capstone Presentation. Key Terms Defined. Colonialism - a monopoly exercised by the leaders of an imperialist country, usually based on economic pressures in the dependent country or territory

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African Culture & Colonialism

Tara Reyelts’ Senior Capstone Presentation

key terms defined
Key Terms Defined
  • Colonialism - a monopoly exercised by the leaders of an imperialist country, usually based on economic pressures in the dependent country or territory
  • Colonization – the establishment of colonies in a place other than the homeland
  • Culture - manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively
  • Hegemony - leadership or dominance of one country or social group over others
  • Imperialism - a policy of extending a country\'s power and influence through diplomacy or military force
capstone integrative project
Capstone Integrative Project

The Colonial Project: Language and Colonization

in East Africa

  • Comparison of Kenya and Tanzania
  • 20th century colonial & post-colonial periods
  • English and Swahili are official languages in each country
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Frantz Fanon

(1925-1961)

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong\'o

(1938--)

results of research similarities
Results of Research: Similarities
  • Missionaries started the colonizing process
  • Swahili was imposed in education, then English followed
  • Swahili was a language of wider communication
  • Hierarchy of languages: English > Swahili > local
  • Educated elite vs. the common colonized subjects
results of research differences
Results of Research: Differences

Colonial Kenya

  • Aggressively oppressed by British
  • Bloody struggle for independence

Independent Kenya

  • Little change from colonial period
  • English widely spoken

Colonial Tanzania

  • Relatively peaceful relations with British
  • Non-violent gain of independence

Independent Tanzania

  • Revulsion of British culture & remnants of colonialism
  • Swahili widely spoken
creating an independent major
Creating an Independent Major
  • The Proposal http://pages.stolaf.edu/cis-treyelts/
    • Themes
      • Literature and oral tradition
      • Variations of history
      • Cultural mixing
      • Colonialism
    • Questions
      • How is Africa portrayed? Is this accurate?
      • Good and bad effects of colonialism?
required courses
Required Courses
  • ART 269, African Art History
  • ENGL 206, Top: South African Literature
  • ENGL 211, Hemingway in East Africa
  • ENGL 399, Sem: West African Feminist Literature
  • FREN 232B, Intermediate French II
  • HIST 151, Slavery in African History
  • HIST 189A, Top: Women in African Colonial History
  • HIST 292, Muslim Societies in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • HIST 298, IS/Slavery West Africa
  • MUSIC 237, World Music
  • SOAN 236, The Arab World
  • SOAN 398, IR: Gender and Sexuality in the Maghreb
women in african colonial history
Women in African Colonial History
  • African feminist literature
  • Colonial literature on Africa
    • Primary sources
    • Secondary sources
  • Historical methodology
    • Oral tradition
    • Life history method
french 232
French 232
  • Francophone Africa and Caribbean
  • Themes
    • Identity
    • Colonialism
    • Negritude
web portfolio
Web Portfolio

http://pages.stolaf.edu/cis-treyelts/

colonialism
Colonialism
  • Neo-colonialism – new form of colonialism, using capitalist and cultural imperialism to oppress another country
  • Neo-colonial vs. Post-colonial era
  • Strategic placement of power with educated elite
  • Political corruption in African governments
  • Cultural exchange vs. colonialism
  • My potential perpetuation of colonialism
  • We must acknowledge the issues
future plans
Future Plans

Michigan State University

PhD program in African History

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