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Advanced Seminar: Mad: Mental Illness, Power and Resistance in Africa and the Caribbean

History 4881 - Spring 2021

This seminar explores the history of mental illness in Africa and the Caribbean during the colonial and post-colonial periods. We will be guided by the following questions: What is mental illness? How do social, cultural and political realities affect how mental illness is defined? Should mental illness always be analyzed within a specific cultural context? How did psychiatry factor into the efforts of European colonizers to maintain social order in their colonies? How have colonized people resisted colonial notions of madness? What is the place of religion in these histories? How did mental institutions change after the end of colonial rule and how was post-colonial Caribbean and African psychiatry harnessed in service of decolonization? The course will pay special attention to how European colonial powers employed similar understandings of blackness across regions as they formulated ideas concerning the black populations they deemed "mad" across Africa and the Caribbean.
Course Attributes: EN HAS HUMAS LCD

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Advanced Seminar: Mad: Mental Illness, Power and Resistance in Africa and the Caribbean
INSTRUCTOR: Bedasse
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