Walsh School of Foreign Service

AFSP 3351 – Revolutionary Struggles in the African Atlantic 

Kwame Otu

Tue 12:30 pm – 3:00pm

The concepts of struggle and freedom, and their revolutionary promises will be critically discussed in this class. We will contend with how Africans’ desire to wrestle themselves from the interlocking systems of colonialism, enslavement, apartheid, and racialized capitalism actively shaped the making of the modern world. The following question will drive class dialogues and debates. Have the struggles for freedom by Africans exposed the loopholes in the normative conceptions of freedom and democracy animating the Western political project? In deliberating on this vital question, we will employ the African Atlantic as a framework to diagram what freedom means for Africans on the continent and its myriad diasporas.