Historiography and Philosophy of History
*This course can only be taken as part of the Foundation Certificate in African History.
- Duration: 12 weeks
- Format: Online, with Live Lectures and Tutorials
- Assessment: 1 x 1000-word essay
- Lecture List 2022/23: Click Here
Considering the theory and practice of history both now and in the past, this course will teach students what it means to be a “historian” and what it means to “do history”
Beginning with African historiography, students will explore how the telling of Africa’s history has changed with time, from the oral traditions of antiquity to those of the modern day; from 14th century epics in Arabic, to 20th century masterpieces in African languages and English. This is an essential exploration of the history of the continent and its people, providing a brilliant introduction to over 600 years of African history recitation and writing.
Students will also explore contemporary philosophies and approaches to studying Africa’s history. Considering important tools such as oral history and critical theories such as Pan-Africanism and post-colonialism, this part of the course teaches students to think critically about the latest methods for exploring Africa’s past.
Apeike Umolu is the Director of the African History Project. Specialising in African history, she is a passionate historian and has undertaken historical studies at the University of Oxford. She researches extensively on West African political history.
On successful completion of the course, participants will be issued with a Certificate of Completion.
Lecture List 2022/23
|1||Introduction to African Historiography and Philosophy of History||Sunday 25 September 2022||7pm – 9pm (London)|
|2||Why do we do History? Introduction to the Psychology of History||Sunday 2 October 2022||7pm – 9pm (London)|
|3||African Conception of Time and Periodising African History||Sunday 9 October 2022||7pm – 9pm (London)|
|4||Introduction to African Oral Traditions||Sunday 16 October 2022||7pm – 9pm (London)|
|5||Introduction to African Poetry as Sources of African History||Sunday 23 October 2022||7pm – 9pm (London)|
|6||Introduction to African Music as Sources of African History||Sunday 30thOctober 2022||7pm – 9pm (London)|
|7||Ibn Battutah and Arabic Sources of African History, Pre-1700||Sunday 6 November 2022||7pm – 9pm (London)|
|8||The Kano Chronicle and Arabic Sources of African History, 18th and 19th Centuries||Sunday 13 November 2022||7pm – 9pm (London)|
|9||Introduction to European Explorer Journals as Sources of African History – Richard and John Lander and the Expedition to Explore the Nile||Sunday 20 November 2022||7pm – 9pm (London)|
|10||Introduction to History Writing in Africa in the 19th Century – Carl Christian Reindorf, the Gold Coast and the Asante||Sunday 27 November 2022||7pm – 9pm (London)|
|11||Introduction to History Writing in the African Diaspora – CLR James and The Black Jacobins||Sunday 4 December 2022||7pm – 9pm (London)|
|12||No lecture – reading week for essay
Essay Submission – Midnight on Sunday 11 December 2022
|Sunday 11 December 2022||–|
In this course, you will explore the role of history in defining us as humans and in helping us to comprehend and navigate our...
In this course, we will explore time in the African experience and how this affects how we divide up Africa’s history.