HIST 1451

HIST 1451

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2015-2016.

African inspired fabrics are showing up on the catwalks of Burberry, L.A.M.B. and H & M. This course uses a multi-disciplinary approach to examine the importance of textiles in African social and economic history and the long engagement between African consumers and textile producers from other world regions.  It explores the role of textiles and dress in marking status, gender, political authority and ethnicity; as well as the consequences of colonial rule and contemporary globalization on African textile industries and consumers. Our analysis also considers the principles of African aesthetics and dress that continue to shape the African diaspora in the Americas.

When Offered Fall.

Satisfies Requirement First-Year Writing Seminar.

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18300 HIST 1451   SEM 101

  • For more information about First-year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://www.arts.cornell.edu/knight_institute