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Connecting dreams: Europe in Africa/Africa in Europe


Admission requirements



There have always been connections between Europe and Africa, and there has always been migration. In this course we study these migrations. We look at the novelists who travelled through Africa in the nineteenth century, the explorers, the European immigrants and the missionaries, development workers, but also the current expats of the major multinationals (Shell, Unilever). We combine this with a study of Africans in Europe; the few who came before the twentieth century, and the larger numbers who came in recent decades. We study the ties of all these migrants with each other and with their countries of origin, and the organisations they created (enterprises, churches). Ties that are expressed physically, but as well in ideas and notions about each other(‘s worlds), in various forms of communication (travel journals, novels, films, academic work, web-sites, the virtual world).

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of current and older academic debates

  • ability to do independent research, ability to present findings


See here.

Mode of instruction

Research seminar.

Assessment method

Two essays and a final presentation.



Reading list

To be announced


via uSis.

Contact information

E-mail: Prof. dr. M.L.J.C. Schrover and prof. dr. M.E. de Bruijn.