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Undergraduate Course: The Bandung Moment: Revolution, Anti-Imperialism and Afro-Asian Connections in the Global Twentieth Century (HIST10391)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryIn 1955, leaders of the newly independent states in Africa, Asia and the Middle East gathered in Bandung in Indonesia for a conference which they hoped would mark the beginning of a new world order. Twenty-nine countries were present, representing over 1.3 billion people, a majority of the world's population at the time. This course takes the 'Bandung moment' as a starting point from which to explore the theme of anti-imperialist thought and action and Afro-Asian solidarity in the global history of the twentieth century.
Course description The course starts by setting the Bandung conference in its immediate context - in Bandung, in Indonesia and in the political context of the Cold War and the birth of the post-colonial world. We then move away from the conference itself to consider the roots of anti-imperialist thought and Afro-Asian solidarity from the late nineteenth century, before moving on to explore anti-imperialist thought from a series of angles including revolution and violence, socialism and economic thinking, religion, culture and universal human rights, with an eye to comparisons and connections across time and space. Running through the course will be an interrogation of competing ideas of freedom, its meaning and the best path towards its realization.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking African Intellectual History, c. 1600-1970 (HIST10465)
Other requirements A pass in 40 credits of third level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 504030).
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 345 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework: 2 x 4,000 word essay (50%)
Exam: 3 hour paper (50%)
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of key themes in the history of anti-imperialist thinking, the Bandung moment and the emergence of the Afro-Asian world and the global South.
  2. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon current historiographical debates.
  3. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material.
  4. Demonstrate by coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence.
  5. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, clarity, fluency, and coherence in written expression.
Reading List
Amrith, Sunil, Crossing the Bay of Bengal: The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2013

Aydin, Cemil, The idea of the Muslim world: a global intellectual history, Cambridge Mass: Harvard University Press, 2017

Burke, Roland, Decolonization and the Evolution of International Human Rights, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010

Ewing, Cindy, 'The Colombo Powers: crafting diplomacy in the Third World and launching Afro-Asia at Bandung', Cold War History, 19, 1 (2019), 1-19

Lee, C.J., Making a world after empire: the Bandung moment and its political afterlives, Athens OH: Ohio University Press, 2010/2019

McCann, Gerard, 'Where was the Afro in Afro-Asian Solidarity? Africa's 'Bandung Moment' in 1950s Asia, Journal of World History, 30, 1-2 (2019), 89-123

Mrazek, Rudolf, A certain age: colonial Jakarta through the memories of its intellectuals, Durham NC: Duke University Press, 2010

Mukoma wa Ngugi, The Rise of the African Novel: Politics of language, identity and ownership, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2018

Prashad, Vijay, The Darker Nations: a people's history of the Third World, New York: New Press, 2008

Shimazu, Naoko, 'Diplomacy as Theatre: Staging the Bandung Conference of 1955', Modern Asian Studies, 48, 1, 2014, 225 252

Stolte, Carolien, '"The People's Bandung': Local Anti imperialists on an Afro-Asian Stage', Journal of World History, 30, 1-2 (2019), 125-156

Wilder, Gary, Freedom Time: Negritude, decolonization, and the future of the world, Durham NC: Duke University Press, 2015
Additional Information
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Course organiserProf Emma Hunter
Tel: (0131 6)50 4034
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Ord
Tel: (0131 6)50 3580
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