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Topics in History: Black Atlantic Exchanges

A black and white photograph of black women wearing skirts dancing with black men and women standing in the background
Disco, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England 1978 (Photograph by Chris Steele-Perkins)

This course explores the continuously circulating, cross-cultural dialogues and exchanges across Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas that constitute a Black Atlantic. It supports careful reading and critical listening of multidisciplinary artists, activists, curators, musicians, and scholars who exchange ideas in conversations, collaborative projects, and other venues. It also considers some of the discrepant and even contrary meanings of exchange. Topics covered in the course include: 

  • questions, forums, movements and networks that invite theorists to make abstract ideas about nationalism, modernity, and coloniality more legible, audible, and visible to diverse audiences 
  • the boundaries of ‘polite,’ ‘acceptable,’ and ‘appropriate’ discourse
  • appropriation, misappropriation and ‘creative recycling’
  • capitalist exchange 
  • cultural productions that transcend or contest capitalist systems of judgment and value.

This course may be offered with HIST 833. 

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.