What are the purposes and possibilities of our work as teachers as well as scholars of Africa? Africanists at Western colleges and universities are often one of a handful or perhaps the only person responsible for teaching about the continent on their campus. How do we make robust, well-rounded decisions about content, themes, and materials for our courses? How do we balance introducing new ideas with encouraging deeper analytical exploration? How do we choose case studies, assignments, and sources that will be compelling for our students?
In this inter-disciplinary roundtable, we address practical questions about teaching Africa-related courses at the college level. With a focus on sharing free, open-access resources, our goal is to facilitate an open and honest discussion about teaching goals, classroom procedures, and source material. Each participant will offer a short narrative reflection on their teaching experiences as well as bringing materials to share, such as syllabi, reading suggestions, and digital resources.
Attendants are welcome to bring information or ideas about teaching materials and best practices. We want early career instructors to leave the session with new inspiration, ideas, and sources for use in their own teaching preparation.
Note: while this roundtable is most directly aimed at social science and humanities disciplines, we would also welcome the insights and input of language instructors.
Please indicate your interest via email (bawilli2[at]illinois.edu) by March 9, 2020.