Spring 2022 21A.S01 Special Subject: African Futures

Kányinsọ́lá Ọbáyàn

Spring 2022

MW 7-8:30

Units: 3-0-9

All students enrolled in this class will receive HASS-S designation through a blanket petition. Students need not petition for the S designation separately.

The future is African. By 2050, Africa will be home to 10 megacities. By 2100, one in three people on our planet will be African. This course examines the notion of African futures and its implications for the Continent, Diaspora, and the world at large, drawing from an interdisciplinary body of scholarship that includes history, literature, film, social and digital media, and the arts. We will explore topics such as decolonization and postcolonialism, Afropolitanism and African futurism, and technologies and digitalization in Africa.