Program in African Studies

African Studies Seminar

CANCELED - AFS 305T: Ideology, Nationalism and Development: An Experiential Study in Tanzania's (R)evolution From Colonialism to Socialism and Back to Capitalism

June 8 - July 17, 2020
(Arrive: June 6; Depart: July 18)

Mahiri Mwita, Lecturer, PIIRS

The United Republic of Tanzania is one of the best examples of how African states have struggled to reinvent themselves from a colonial experience and pursue a nationalistic development agenda. Tanzania's initial postcolonial trajectory attempted to ignore the power of neo-colonial capitalism, but failed due to both local and global forces. This course will explore the political, cultural, linguistic and economic experience of Tanzania since its colonization (first by Germany, and then by Britain after World War II), its postcolonial experiment with African Socialism through the contemporary state of reinventing a new state and society. Class instruction and all coursework will be in English at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Dar es Salaam Monday-Friday for six weeks. Students will be required to volunteer for a minimum of three hours/week in community activities. There will also be local field trips to historic sites, museums, and government offices within Dar es Salaam and weekend trips to Zanzibar and Ngorongoro National Park. The seminar begins on June 11, but students are expected to arrive on June 9th. 

The seminar is taught as part of the Princeton in Dar es Salaam program. Except for classroom instruction, students in this seminar live together with students in the Swahili course and both groups share all other aspects of the Princeton in Dar experience, including participating in the same community service/volunteer activities and weekend cultural trips to Zanzibar and Arusha/Ngorongoro conservatory.