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School of History

HST5214 – Africa in Europe: Renaissance Encounters, c. 1440-1650

Africa in Europe is a QMUL Model module that will examine the gamut of African peoples, animals, material and artefacts transported to Europe in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, from slaves to ambassadors, from giraffes to carved ivory horns. It will also analyse the levels of knowledge and understanding about various parts of Africa within Europe by (for example) looking at maps, influential classical and medieval sources, and Renaissance travel journals and reports. Finally, this module will investigate visual representations of Africa and Africans across Europe and assess the gaps between the visual, the textual and the documentary. Students will be introduced to a wide range of written and visual source materials, and will reflect on the encounter between Europe and Africa in a period before race was a concept.

Module code: HST5214

Credits: 15
Semester: SEM 2

Module Convenor: Dr Kate Lowe

Assessment: Learning Log (1,500 words) 35% and Essay (2,500 words) 65%
Level: 5