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  • SAS Core Learning: CCO, AHp
  • Language Taught In: Taught in English
  • Instructor: Jean-Baptiste, Shanna
  • Credits: 3

This course is open to students from any major.  

Course Description: This course explores depictions and expressions of Black futures within the French-speaking world and offers a comprehensive overview of Francophone Afrofuturism as a subset of science fiction and Afrofuturism. We will trace the genealogy and contours of Francophone Afrofuturism and place it against French colonial history, as well as the larger history of the African diaspora. Our analyses will place particular emphasis on the interpretations of Black Francophone futurities that provide counter-narratives of the colonial past or resist contemporary neocolonial practices. Students will gain insight into Francophone Afrofuturism cultural aesthetics and will understand the pivotal role of the sartorial in (re)defining Black identities and futures. We will examine a diverse array of speculative works, including novels, short stories, films, music videos, paintings, and animation from countries such as Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Congo, Djibouti, Senegal, Martinique, and Haiti. Topics of discussion will include counter-histories, gender, immigrant and refugee experiences, religion, ecology, urbanism, fashion, and music. 

Language of instruction: All readings and class discussions will be in English. No prior knowledge of French is required. 

Prerequisites: None.   

Course URL: A Canvas site will be available.

Grading Policy: 

Active Class Participation and Attendance: 20% Weekly online discussion posts: 20%
Midterm essay (5 pages): 20%
Oral presentation: 15%
Creative Final project: 25%  

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