Undergraduate Seminar: Popular Visual Cultures of the Global South: Africa in India, India in Africa
We will explore horizontal affinities and antipathies in the Global South by tracking flows of visual culture between Africa and India. We will also consider possibilities opened up by a comparative approach that tests the transferability of analytics developed in both South Asian and black/African cultural studies. Units include: the aesthetics of garbage and urban disorder; the visual culture of the Sidis, an African-descended community in India known for their colorful quilts; Bollywood fan cultures in Africa; and representations of Africans in Indian film and art.
This course fulfills the following Major requirements: Geographical areas (D) and Chronological period (III).