[ Maat. Maat’O] Proposal
Seeking to build a coalition of the willing to set up a Master's in African History Online named Maat'O...
Ọbụrụ n'ọdụm akọyi akụkọ ndụ ya, ndi dinta ga-akọ maka ike ha kpara.
Until lions have their own historians..., the tales of the hunt will always glorify the hunters. (Igbo maxim, West Africa.)
Jean-Jacques Ngor Sène, Associate Professor of History and Cultural Studies Chatham University, Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA (USA) firstname.lastname@example.org, (+1) 412-365-2924, c./WhatsApp (+1) 412-316-6553, Ngorsene (Skype)
Sean Michael Morris, Director, Digital Pedagogy Lab Senior Instructor of Learning Design and Technology School of Education and Human Development University of Colorado Denver An Urgency of Teachers: The Work of Critical Digital Pedagogy @slamteacher email@example.com
I. What is in a Name?
Maat: Maat’O. MAster’s in African History Online.
Maat/Ma’at/May’et/Maet/Maht/Mat/Maut/Maa refers in Kemet (“Ancient Egypt”) to the dynamic theoretical nexus of a truth-seeking ethos, laboring for the sustainability of cosmic equilibria, pursuit of order, harmony, law, morality, and… justice! Maat is incarnated in the goddess of the same name/label/designation/title/substance; she is daughter to the Sun-god, Râ/Rê. She is The Eye of Râ, Lady of the Heavens, Queen of The Earth, Conquering Mistress of The Underworld...
For a stimulating paper entitled “We Look Like Our Names: The Manifestations of Name Stereotypes in Facial Appearance” published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology [112, No. 4 (2017): 527-554], co-authors Jacob Goldenberg of Columbia University (USA), Yonat Zwebner of the University of Pennsylvania (USA), Anne-Laure Sellier of Hautes Études Commerciales Paris (France), Nir Rosenfeld of Harvard University (USA), and Ruth Mayo of Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) gathered data to prove that names impact the psycho-socio-morphology of individuals, persons, and personas. They contend, and we counter-claim that their conclusions regarding personal names and “destiny” (understood as biology + socialization + individualization) equally apply to institutions. “We argue that once an [organization] receives a name, this social label (reality) leads to certain social expectations, inferences, and interactions,” mental projections, purposes and related levels of sustainable tenacities.
The personal is political and “What is not eternal is eternally useless.”
Historically, the Maat philosophy seems to spring forth during the period known as the Old Kingdom (c. 2613 – 2181 BCE) but it is highly improbable that the concept did not exist in some forms much earlier. Maat/Ma’at/May’et is commonly depicted anthromorphically as a winged young woman with an ostrich feather in her headdress. The feather, in the myth, is used to conduct parts of the ritual of The Weighing of The Souls on The Scales of Justice Ceremony in the Afterlife.
II. Ethical Considerations Applied to Pedagogic Strategies
Our MAAT’Online program will attempt to further empower its architects, sponsors, and lifelong learners with the ideological and methodological tools indispensable to the on-going efforts involved in trying to synthetize some salient aspects of the historical experiences of the peoples-of-Africa-in-tandem-with-the-Worldwide-Black-Diaspora. Academic exchanges are conducted with a view of globalizing certain Forms (the articulation of scholarship and politics, activism, “aggressive self-defense”, etc.) of the African Past as integral pieces of the mosaic of the Human Adventure prior to and since our so-called Modern Times.
The variety of electronic texts and media documenting the emergence and sustenance of the general concepts of Muntu, Blackness, Ubuntu, Afrocentrism, Afrocentricity, African Unity, Black Nationalism, Black Power (Kwame Touré), Black Consciousness (Bantu Biko), Afropessimism, African Renaissance and their nemeses will constitute Our Learning Material.
Our MAAT’Online program shall contribute to the three-quarters-of-a-century-deferred global travails for “the restoration of Historical Consciousness in Black Africa” inseminated by Diopian Thought (Cheikh Anta Diop, West African savant, b. 1923 – d. 1986). According to Cameroonian Philosopher Nti Ngoa Kodena, “Historical consciousness is one of the greatest Diopian gifts to Afrika and humanity at large. Afrika is the Genitor of Humanity, cradle of rationality, and birthplace of civilization. The consciousness of our monogenetic source and shared archeological inheritance should therefore pull humans around the palaver trees of common destinies and common transethnic, transracial, supranational projects. Within the magnetic fields present between these polarities, lies the gigantic sublimated venture for a sovereign Afrikan Federated State, fer de lance of the authentic Afrikan Renaissance and therefore, ipso facto, a new era in the histories of Academe globally” [Refer to Africology]; a new period in World History. The realization of a dream deferred. The realization of a dream denied.
“With Cheikh Anta Diop, the notion of [conquering] historical consciousness engulfs both human archeology and eschatology. The Promethean cognizance of organic intellectual actors [–systematic coordination of “all fragments”] and creative State builders can awaken from their anomy and thus inherit the knowledge of the Continent of Africa” for purposes other than her exploitation.
“It so proceeds that History presents us with a retro-prospective trajectory in interlocking rings” further quips Nti Kodena. Our present socio-economic statuses and conditions are mediated by a nervous, swinging pendulum which Maat precisely attempts to domesticate, including pedagogically. Africa shall regain its glory. We are here to pick up the pieces. And Jah work must be done.
III. Lean Administration
Our MA Degree in (African) History Online is loosely fashioned after the decentralized graduate studies models of the “Bologna Process” (Refer to https://ec.europa.eu/education/policies/higher-education/bologna-process-and-european-higher-education-area_en) : two-year duration with a mandatory thesis. The thesis is a central component of the program and no student shall be awarded a Master’s of Arts Degree in African History [Online] without completing their coursework and successfully defending “in public,” a thesis which constitutes the Capstone requirement of the program for Degree-Seeking Participants (DSPs). Non-degree seeking participants (nDSPs) shall plan with the MAAT’O Secretariate for customized tracks of coursework and applied research.
The first year of the MA program is devoted principally to intensive coursework (6 – 9 credit hours) and the writing and defending of a research proposal as part of the 3-credit hour course HIS800: Research Methods on a self-selected topic in consultation with an assigned thesis advisor. Students are required to fulfill Online Presence Requirements and Engagements Modules through a program-provided Learning Management System (LMS) at no cost –the educational technologies Canadian company BrightSpace in most likelihood. Curricula are comprised of a series of readings and practical exercises in prescribed and self-selected courses to expand our historical horizons and to equip us with the requisite research skills to disclose/interpret/(hopefully) produce authentic, endogenous historical knowledge.
Students are required to defend their MA Research Proposals by the end of the First Year of Study [5 – 12 credit hours on the Unofficial Transcripts] before a multidisciplinary jury of Senior Academics recruited globally.
Every activity, including seminar presentations and evaluations, field experiences, book reviews, continuing exercises, and continuous evaluation modules in all the subject areas are treated with equal weight.
- A 5-member Council of Elders in effect officiating as a Board of Trustees.
- Information Technologies Manager [Trouver la perle rare.]
- Administrative Assistant: [graduate student or junior professional with superior competencies in the Digital Humanities].
- Rotating paid interns as support staff. Africanist Graduate Students preferred. Minimum 6-month commitment. Renewable.
- Program Director (Rotating 3-year tenures): [Chatham University or Digital Pedagogy Lab affiliate. Part Time].
IV. Academic Requirements
Candidates are required to register for a minimum of 21 and a maximum of 24 semester-credit-hours from the following, evolving, list of available courses:
IV. Preferred Candidates:
N/A. All candidates with a verified Bachelor’s degree in all the domains of Social Sciences from an accredited institution worldwide are qualified to apply. Undergraduate women in all public and private universities of the member-nations of the African Union are encouraged to apply.
Signed this day, thirteenth February Two Thousand and Twenty, CE
Shadyside, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Jean-Jacques Ngor Sène