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African culture colonialism

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


African culture colonialism

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


Hemingway in east africa

Hemingway in East Africa


Serengeti

Serengeti


Lake manyara

Lake Manyara


Mto wa mbu

Mto wa Mbu


Ngorongoro crater

Ngorongoro Crater


Habitat for humanity senegal

Habitat for Humanity - Senegal


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


African culture colonialism

Thank you!


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