Harvard Africa Workshop: Changing Economies, Changing Polities, Changing Faces of Capitalism

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Fall 2013 Course
Meets: M 6:00pm - 8:00pm in WCC Room 3016
2 classroom credits
2 classroom credits 4 credits F/S; 2 credits Fall; or 2 credits Spring 1 or 2 optional writing credits

In this Workshop Course, law students will be included as active participants in the Harvard Africa Workshop (HAW), a University-wide interdisciplinary seminar convened by Faculty of Arts and Sciences Professors John and Jean Comaroff, internationally renowned South African anthropologists and critical social theorists.

The HAW's intellectual theme for the first three years, 2012-2015, is Africa and the World at Large: Or, What the New Global Order Has to Learn from the Contemporary Africa. To explore this theme, leading scholars of international repute will present weekly papers that address the rapidly changing position of Africa in the global political economy and the impact of that change on global distributions of wealth, well-being, and power. Participating scholars tentatively include, among others, Professors Christine Desan from the Law School and Caroline Elkins from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (History).

The HAW is an interdisciplinary initiative which will be comprised of this Law School Workshop, a seminar in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, a professional apprenticeship for doctoral Africanists-in-training across the disciplines, and a laboratory for international scholarly exchange. The Law School Workshop will meet simultaneously with the HAW throughout the academic year, i.e., for weekly ninety minute paper presentations, followed by bi-weekly sixty minute sessions for the law students. The HAW initiative is designed to cultivate a spirit of engaged, constructive critique and inter-generational mentorship.

Students may register for the Law School Workshop for either the Fall (2 credits), Spring (2 credits) or Fall and Spring (4 credits). Requirements for each semester include reading each paper and participating actively in each week’s discussion; attending the bi-weekly one-hour student sessions following those weeks' public HAW sessions; and writing weekly 2-3 page response papers on the HAW seminar papers. Students may register for additional writing credit(s) in conjunction with the course.

Subject Areas: International, Comparative & Foreign Law .