- Department: History
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. Gerard McCann
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: M
- Academic year of delivery: 2023-24
In April 1955, the leaders of 29 nations in Africa and Asia met in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia at a conference that would shed light across the latter twentieth century. As European empires crumbled in Asia and powerful nationalist movements rose to defeat imperialism in Africa, the delegates at Bandung convened to discuss the most pressing world question of the age: how to make a world after empire. Beyond the statesmanship of India’s Jawaharlal Nehru or Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser at the Bandung conference, millions of ordinary Africans and Asians engaged with each other in the struggle against imperialism in a plethora of cosmopolitan institutions across the globe, as well as through effervescent transnational print cultures.
This module thinks about that ‘Bandung moment’ of anti-colonial possibility and conversation through recent cutting-edge historiography (much produced in the last few years) and primary source material generated by those Africans and Asians who forged networks of affinity across race, place and space from the 1940s. The module compels students to consider how international and transnational linkages shaped the development of ‘local’ anti-colonialisms across Africa and Asia, but also how the dynamics of Afro-Asian solidarity moulded ‘global’ networks, institutions and processes, notably related to the early Cold War. Finally, students will also reflect on fractures and divisions that emerged in such fraternities as the realities of post-colonialism forged multiple futures into independence across what would come to be known as the ‘third world’ and later ‘global south’, terms engaged critically in this module.
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The aims of this module are to:
Students who complete this module successfully will:
Students will attend a 1-hour briefing in week 1. Students will then attend a 2-hour seminar in weeks 2-4, 6-8 and 10-11. Weeks 5 & 9 are Reading and Writing (RAW) weeks during which there are no seminars, and during which students research and write a formative essay, consulting with the module tutor. Students prepare for eight seminars in all.
Seminar topics are subject to variation, but are likely to include the following:
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Students submit a 2,000-word formative essay in week 9.
A 4,000-word summative essay will be due in the assessment period.
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Students will typically receive written feedback on their formative essay within 10 working days of submission.
Work will be returned to students in their seminars and may be supplemented by the tutor giving some oral feedback to the whole group. All students are encouraged, if they wish, to discuss the feedback on their formative essay during their tutor’s student hours—especially during week 11, before, that is, they finalise their plans for the Summative Essay.
For more information, see the Statement on Feedback.
For the summative assessment task, students will receive their provisional mark and written feedback within 25 working days of the submission deadline. The tutor will then be available during student hours for follow-up guidance if required. For more information, see the Statement of Assessment.
For reading during the module, please refer to the module VLE site. Before the course starts, we encourage you to look at the following items of preliminary reading: