Humanitarianism in Africa: A Critical History

Examines two centuries of foreign interventions in Africa in the name of humanitarian principles, from the abolition of the slave trade to the most recent Ebola crisis in West Africa. Explores humanitarianism and how it informs the understanding of poverty, race, and violence; and who gives and receives aid. Scrutinizes the prejudices about Africans embedded within salvation projects and how these campaigns have been part of the larger dynamics of power that have defined Africa’s position in the world before, during, and after the European colonization of the continent. Reflects upon the practical and morally ethical alternatives in a world still shaped by suffering and injustice.

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Offered Spring 2022

Catalog Subject Faculty Level HASS Category
21H.106 24.912 21L.008 21W.741 CMS.150 WGS.190

Black Matters: Introduction to Black Studies

T 2-5, 36-155
Michel DeGraff
Fox Harrell
Danielle Wood
Introductory HASS-H
HASS-A
CI-H
21H.144 21G.087

Introduction to Russian Studies

TR 2:30-4, 14N-221
Maria Khotimsky Introductory HASS-H
21H.165

A Survey of Modern African History

TR 9:30-11, 4-144
Kenda Mutongi Introductory HASS-H
21H.185 12.386 STS.031

Environment and History

WF 11:30-1, E51-385
Kate Brown
Susan Solomon
Introductory HASS-S CI-H
21H.282

MIT and Slavery: Publication

Lecture: M 3-5, 14N-112
Recitation: W 3-4, 14N-112
Craig Steven Wilder Intermediate HASS-H
21H.283

The Indigenous History of MIT

Lecture: M 2-4, 5-231
Recitation: W 3-4, 5-231
David Lowry Intermediate HASS-H
21H.358 U 21H.958 G

Colonialism in South Asia and Africa: Race, Gender, Resistance

W 11-1, E51-390
Sana Aiyar Graduate
Seminar
HASS-H
21H.365

Minorities and Majorities in the Middle East

F 10-1, 2-103
Lerna Ekmekçioğlu Seminar HASS-H
21H.383 U 21H.982 G

Technology and the Global Economy

R 9-12, E51-285
Anne E. C. McCants Graduate
Seminar
HASS-S

Not Offered This Term

Catalog Subject Faculty Level HASS Category
21H.001

How to Stage a Revolution

Staff Introductory HASS-H CI-H
21H.009

World History and Its Fault Lines Since 1800

Sana Aiyar
Hiromu Nagahara
Introductory HASS-H CI-H
21H.156 21G.045

Global Chinese Food: A Historical Overview

Not offered regularly; consult department
Emma Teng Introductory HASS-H
21H.229

The Black Radical Tradition in America

Not offered regularly; consult department
Craig Steven Wilder Intermediate HASS-H
21H.242 21G.322

Frenchness in and Era of Globalization

Not offered regularly; consult department
Catherine Clark Intermediate HASS-H
21H.253 21G.075

The Global Chinese: Chinese Migration, 1567- Present

Not offered regularly; consult department
Emma Teng Intermediate HASS-H
21H.263 WGS.220

Women and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa

Lerna Ekmekçioğlu Seminar HASS-H
21H.266

South Africa and Apartheid

Kenda Mutongi Intermediate HASS-H
21H.281

MIT and Slavery: Research

Craig Steven Wilder Intermediate HASS-H CI-H
21H.285 STS.025

Making the Modern World: The Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective

Merritt Roe Smith Intermediate HASS-H
21H.357

South Asian Migrations

Sana Aiyar Seminar HASS-H
21H.385 11.152

The Ghetto: From Venice to Harlem

Not offered regularly; consult department
Craig Steven Wilder Seminar HASS-S
21H.388 U 21H.988 G

Global Commodities, American Dreams

Megan A. Black Graduate
Seminar
HASS-H