The first lecture in our Short Course on South Africa will feature Professor Hlonipha Mokoena of Columbia University (Anthropology) and Professor Grace Davie of Queens College (History) in a discussion of South African history. South Africa has a complex history that includes long-distance migration within Africa, cultural exchange, European colonization, violent land dispossession, religious movements, rapid industrialization driven by the rise of the mining industry, state-led racial segregation (apartheid), Gandhian civil disobedience campaigns, workers’ struggles, Black Consciousness, the international anti-apartheid movement, a negotiated transition to democracy in the 1990s, and recent struggles over economic justice. Professors Mokoena and Davie will introduce this history and reflect on the debates, myths, metaphors, and interpretive clashes that make South African history fascinating, troubling, and deeply unsettled.
Tuesday, October 7
Godwin-Ternbach Museum (405 Klapper Hall)