Contact Zones in Colonial History
Not available in 2012
This course focuses on the encounters and interactions between peoples and individuals usually considered on opposite sides of colonial and imperial frontiers. We investigate a series of historical examples of cross-cultural exchanges in a range of colonial/imperial settings such as Australia, North America, Africa and Asia, applying the concept of 'contact zones' to their analysis.
This course seeks to provide an indepth historical exploration of cross-cultural colonial relationships and will extend the students' critical understanding of colonial studies historiography, conveying the ways in which such scholarship can produce exciting, innovative and relevant history. On completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate:
1. an understanding of the concept of 'contact zones' and an ability to use the concept effectively to critically read and assess historical accounts of conquest, colonisation and empire;
2. a capacity to reflect on colonial/imperial cross-cultural histories and to engage in historical debates in class discussions and in written assignments;
3. an awareness and critical understanding of the gendered nature of contact zones;
4. an understanding and knowledge of cross-cultural relationships in a range of historical contexts, enabling a transnational and comparative understanding of such relationships.
Through a diverse range of historical case studies from colonial/imperial histories in Australia, Africa, North America, and Asia, students will consider thematic issues which may include: agency, power, resistance and accommodation; gender, including masculinity, domesticity, interracial intimacies, and child-rearing; local/metropole relationships, and transcolonial connections; and popular/literary representations of cross-cultural relationships.
Students who completed HIST3025, HUMA3057 and/or HIST3057 are not eligible to take this course (HIST3057 replaced HUMA3057).
10 units of History at 1000 level plus 10 additional units in history, anthropology, sociology, gender studies, Aboriginal studies, English or politics
Modes of Delivery
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term