Middlebury

FYSE 1534

Who Owns Culture?

Who Owns Culture? History, Culture and Decolonization
Modern European imperial states devoted considerable time and effort to creating the norms and forms of European life in their colonies. This involved establishing European schools, languages, literature, music, dress, and art as superior to the indigenous cultures of the colonies. During the era of decolonization many thinkers from the colonies began to argue that political emancipation would also require a cultural emancipation. To decolonize the state one had to decolonize one’s state of mind. How could this be achieved? Who “owns” culture? These and other questions will be pursued through the writings of Gandhi, Césaire, Fanon, Memmi, Thiong’o, and others. 3 hrs. sem.
Subject:
First Year Seminar
Department:
First-Year Seminar Program
Division:
Interdisciplinary
Requirements Fulfilled:
CMP CW HIS

Sections

Spring 2020

FYSE1534A-S20 Seminar (Prakash)

Fall 2019

FYSE1534A-F19 Seminar (Prakash)

Fall 2018

FYSE1534A-F18 Seminar (Prakash)