African Studies Courses at Wesleyan

While many offerings will take place this Spring, we do have a few courses offered this Fall, including:
West African Dance I
West African Dance II
West African Music and Culture (Beginners)
West African Music and Culture (Advanced)
Africa in World Politics

For some reason, several other courses are not yet listed online as African Studies courses, but should be of interest:
Global Africa, Anthropology 110
Critical Global Health, Anthropology 316
Jungle and Desert in Francophone African Literature, French 382

Keep in mind there are many other courses that naturally overlap with an interest in Africa, including language courses in Arabic, French and Portuguese, Comparative Politics in the Middle East (includes North Africa), and courses on the African Diaspora (look at African American Studies and American Studies lists).

Please contact me if you have any questions about the applicability of such courses towards our African Studies Minor.

Africa and the Olympics

South Africa had a nice start to the Olympics as their football squad forced host Brazil to a draw in their first game.

Meanwhile, Nigeria barely made it to its first football match, arriving in Rio just hours before playing Japan. It didn’t matter. Nigeria won 5-4.

While most African countries have relatively small delegations, we can expect some interesting performances during the games.

Here are some places to find news about Africa and the Olympics:

Olympics — Home –

CNBCAfrica – Africa at the Olympics

Let me know in the comments if you find other sources and I will add them!

New Article: Africa’s Regional Powers and Climate Change Negotiations

Two pillars underpin Africa’s approach to climate change negotiations: One is the “African Common Position,” and the other is the development of a negotiating coalition for presenting that position. This report explores the roles that Africa’s regional powers—Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and South Africa—play in supporting this African approach. These regional powers do not share the same interests as the rest of the continent. Not only do they differ based on energy production (Nigeria) and consumption (South Africa), but also in terms of their general vulnerabilities and readiness to face climate change. Even where they share interests, they often view these negotiation processes as serving goals other than solving the problems of climate change. Despite such issues, Africa still needs its regional powers to play a role in ongoing global negotiations, and the world will likely continue to focus on at least some of them as continental representatives.

May 2016, Vol. 16, No. 2, Pages 110-129

Source: MIT Press Journals – Global Environmental Politics – Abstract