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Teaching Africa: PRESENTING and REPRESENTING . Laura Routley, University of Newcastle. STARTING POINTS. Africa as the divergent case Teaching African politics shaped by what is outside of the module.

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teaching africa presenting and representing

Teaching Africa:PRESENTING and REPRESENTING

Laura Routley, University of Newcastle

starting points
STARTING POINTS

Africa as the divergent case

Teaching African politics shaped by what is outside of the module

“The upshot is that while we now feel we know nearly everything that African states, societies and economies are not, we still know absolutely nothing about what they actually are.”

(Mbembe, 2000, p.9 - emphasis in original)

identification
IDENTIFICATION
  • DANGER: The single story
    • http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story.html [10:55]
  • Who is teaching who is being taught
    • What do ‘I’ do?
  • An ‘Us’ and a ‘Them’
multiple stories
MULTIPLE STORIES
  • Case studies
    • Similar issues on narrower scale
    • Broader awareness -La quarta via
  • Representations as a subject of study
    • How Not to write about Africa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-jSQD5FVxE

possibilities
POSSIBILITIES
  • African representations
    • Films used
    • Surprising Europe

http://surprisingeurope.com/tv-series/item/episode-3-making-ends-meet

  • Addressing Whiteness / Colonial Privilege