Education and Empire in the Modern World

Instructors: Catherine H. Nguyen and Beatrice Wayne
Meeting time: Tuesday, 3-5:45
 
Education and Empire
 

This tutorial uses education to explore empire and post-colonialism in the comparative contexts of Southeast Asia and Africa. Students will consider key theorists on colonialism and post-colonialism, read rich historical case-studies of empire, and analyze literature and film that capture the lived experience of imperialism within these regions. While the course will consider aspects of empire that emphasized exploitation and resource extraction, our focus on education will allow us to consider the less examined, but no less potent ways in which colonial powers consolidated empire by way of language, colonial education, and the literary canon. We will also explore the surprising ways education as a form of imperial rule produced tools that people have used to resist and contest colonial power.