Short written paper, continuous participation in discussions during the seminar as well as personal effort in developing the “Schnittpunkte“ project
Regular presence in the seminar (course with continuous assessment of students‘ performance), elaboration of thematic contexts and single case study, teamwork, translation of scientific knowledge into exhibition/practice.
Joint reading of the basic literature, survey of concepts and approaches, individual compilation of a case study and the writing of a short paper; project work includes the preparation of contributions for the "Schnittpunkte" event at the Department of African Studies in the first week of October 2019 and the curating of the exhibition that is connected to it.
This list of literature should help students to get an overview on existing research. The list of mandatory readings will be tailored to fit students’ interests in the first session.
Agyeman, Opoku. The failure of grassroots Pan-Africanism: The case of the All-African Trade Union Federation. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2003.
Ananaba, Wogu (1979): The Trade Union Movement in Africa. Promise and Performance. London: Hurst.
Bellucci, Stefano. “Wage labour and capital in Africa: a historical perspective.” Labor History 58, no. 2 (2017): 133-137.
Bernards, Nick. “The International Labour Organization and African trade unions: Tripartite fantasies and enduring struggles.” Review of African Political Economy 44, no. 153 (2017): 399–414.
Cooper, Frederick. “The Dialectics of Decolonization: Nationalism and Labor Movements in Postwar French Africa.” In Tensions of empire: Colonial cultures in a bourgeois world. Edited by Frederick Cooper and Ann L. Stoler, 406–35. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 1997.
Cooper, Frederick (1996): Decolonization and African society. The labor question in French and British Africa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Curless, Gareth. “Introduction: Trade unions in the global south from imperialism to the present day.” Labor History 57, no. 1 (2016): 1–19.
Damachi, Ukandi G./Seibel, Dieter H./Trachtman, Lester (ed. 1979): Industrial Relations in Africa.
Davis, Ioan (1966): African Trade Unions. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books.
Eckert, Andreas, ed. Global Histories of Work. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2016.
Freund, Bill (1988): The African worker. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Geiss, Imanuel (1965): Gewerkschaften in Afrika. Hannover: Verlag für Literatur und Zeitgeschehen.
Gutkind, Peter C. W./Cohen, Robin/Copans, Jean (ed. 1978): African Labor History. Beverly Hills: Sage.
Lucassen, Leo. “Working together: New directions in global labour history.” Journal of Global History 11, no. 01 (2016): 66–87.
Phelan, Craig. “When Visions Collide: Thomas Sankara, Trade Unions and the Revolution in Burkina Faso, 1983-1987.” In The Life, Politics and Legacies of Thomas Sankara. Edited by Amber Murrey, 62–74. Black Critique. London: Pluto Press, 2018.
Richards, Yevette. “Labor's Gendered Misstep: The Women's Committee and African Women Workers, 1957—1968.” The International Journal of African Historical Studies 44, no. 3 (2011): 415–42.
Richards, Yevette. Maida Springer: Pan-Africanist and international labor leader. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000.
Sandbrook, Richard/Cohen, Robin (ed. 1975): The Development of an African working class. Studies in class formation and action. London: Longman.
Schenck, Marcia C. “A chronology of nostalgia: Memories of former Angolan and Mozambican worker trainees to East Germany.” Labor History 59, no. 3 (2018): 352–74.
Werbner, Pnina. “Rethinking class and culture in Africa: Between E. P. Thompson and Pierre Bourdieu.” Review of African Political Economy 45, no. 155 (2017): 7–24.
Zeleza, Tiyambe. “Pan-african Trade Unionism: Unity and Discord.” Transafrican Journal of History 15 (1986): 164–90.