In this course, we will be investigating how the major shifts in the material culture of Africa over the last 150 years have come about. The main interests will be on the ways in which European forms clothing, housing, furniture, and domestic utensils have been adopted in African households, often as the result of migrant labout.
Further the course will investigate elite conspicuous consumption in relation to the major changes of material culture which have characterised Africa in the 20th century.
Further understanding of Africa, globalisation and the material world.
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Mode of instruction
Robert Ross, Clothing: a global history
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This research seminar is also offered as part of the MA curriculum in African studies.