Today, the "Third World" often evokes images of poverty and conflict. It's not always been that way. This course examines how the ?Third World? has been imagined and constructed from the early twentieth century to the present. Focusing in particular on the history of Africa within the larger Global South, we will examine early attempts to build solidarities among oppressed peoples tied to Pan-Africanism; the rise of post-WWII third-world politics; the demise of that project during the 1970s and `80s; the increasing importance of NGOs and the construction of the development state in response to third-world crises; and finally, new forms of mobility and mobilization tied to migration that have emerged during the last two decades.
Prerequisites: SSI2 enrollment requires completion of SSI1 seminar