This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of the relationship between Ghana and the largest forced migration in human history, the transatlantic slave trade. Accounting for approximately 10% of Africans removed to the so-called New World, Ghana was an important site for the trade in people of African descent and looms even larger in representations of transatlantic slavery and African resistance to European colonization. This course pays specific attention to the middle passage, the roughly two-month transatlantic journey of Africans to the Americas, and its historical, literary, and representational legacies. As such, students will engage with scholarly studies, novels, autobiographies, and visual media. With an eye towards present day movements, the course will also devote time to thinking about contemporary journeys of Ghanaians throughout the world, the return of Ghanaian nationals and their families back to Ghana, and the efforts of blacks in the Americas to visit and sometimes settle in Ghana. It centers the notion of disability – broadly defined – in these discussions by thinking about the ways that movement, racial hierarchies, nationalism, ethnicity, and historical tourism are implicated in multi-layered health landscapes, social constructions of ability, and the built environment. The course will conclude with a 10-day trip to Ghana and visits to such places as the University of Ghana, Cape Coast Castle, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Assin Manso Ancestral Slave River Park, and Prempeh II Jubilee Museum.
Ghana (Accra, Cape Coast, Kumasi)
Faculty Leader: Keith Green, English and Africana Studies, firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Number: 50:014:381
Course Meeting Date/Time: TBD
Program Travel Dates
May 17-27, 2024
Program Cost: Approximately $3,500*
Program Cost Includes:
International health insurance
Some meals and excursions
Program Cost Does Not Include:
Passport, visa, or airport entrance or exit fees (if applicable)
Vaccinations (if applicable)
*Please complete all components of the application.
*Upon completion of this application and acceptance into the course, the Office of International *Students & Global Programs will register you in the course. You cannot register yourself for this course.
*Program cost is in addition to tuition, is approximate, and is subject to change.
*To withdraw, contact the Office of International Students & Global Programs at email@example.com. Remember: once you sign the Camden Financial *Responsibility Statement, you may be responsible for paying the entire cost of the program.