In this course, we will explore time in the African experience and how this affects how we divide up Africa’s history. You will get an overview of traditional ways of marking time in African cultures, how early historians writing in Arabic and later historians writing in English divided up Africa’s past, and the effect that colonisation has had on how we divide up and tell African history. By the end of this course, participants will have an understanding of: o The key features of African conceptions of time. o How time and periods of time have been marked in African history in both Arabic-language and English-language texts. o The impact of colonisation on the periodisation of African history.