Consider Africa and its global significance via four themes: identity and culture; conflict; development; and technology. Identify the sociopolitical characteristics of the African continent, engage with contemporary debates regarding the region, and understand the role and impact of Africa in the globalized world. The course also emphasizes the diversity of “Africa,” as illustrated in short stories from the African Caine Prize (http://caineprize.com/).
Martha Saavedra has been associate director of the Center for African Studies at the University of California, Berkeley since 1993. Her research, teaching, and writing cover a range of topics including sport, gender, development, and agrarian politics. She has conducted research in Sudan, Senegal, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Timor-Leste.