African Ethnographic Contexts - 2nd semester


1. Provide a general introduction to the history of the relationship between Europe and Africa and raising awareness of Western discourses produced about Africa 2. Illustrate the diversity of contemporary Africa in political, economic, cultural and religious terms 3. Learn and discuss the theoretical and analytical perspectives of Africanist Anthropology 4. Provide tools and develop fundamental practical skills in the performance of professional roles in African contexts.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Amélia Frazão Moreira


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





Bohannon, P. & P. Curtin, 1995. Africa & Africans. Illinois: Waveland Press. Grinker, R.R. & C. Steiner (eds.), 1997. Perspectives on Africa. A Reader in Culture, History, & Representation. Oxford: Blackwells. Iliffe, J., 1995. Os Africanos. História de um Continente, Lisboa: Terramar M´Bokolo, E., 2003/2007, África Negra. História e Civilizações. Lisboa: Edições Colibri. Moore, S. F., 1994. Anthropology and Africa. Changing Perspectives on a Changing Scene. Charlottesville, London: University of Virginia Press. Ntaragwi, M., D. Mills & M. Babiker, 2006. African Anthropologies. History, Critique and Practice, London, New York: Zed Books.

Teaching method

Lectures, presentations of case studies and realization of practical exercises.

Evaluation method

- written test (part I)
- presentation of a case-study
- realization of practical exercises
- final report

Subject matter

I. Europe and Africa. Perceptions and interactions: historiographical and anthropological perspectives. 1. Africa in the European imaginary in the XV-XX 2. Anthropological and colonial construction of African societies 3. Discourses of power: colonial photography 4. Ethnicity and tribalism 5. Resistance, nationalism and decolonization II. Issues and problems of ethnographic contemporary Africa 1. African economies as cultural systems 2. Territory and environment 3. Gender, family and sexuality 4. African religious beliefs and rituals 5. Islam and Christianity in the South of the Sahara 6. Education and cultural change 7. \"Traditional\" and modern health systems


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