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Title: COAS Study Abroad-South Africa 2011: Representative Thinkers

COAS Study Abroad-South Africa 2011
Representative Thinkers
  • July 6-7, 2011

We Think What We Like Representative Figures in
South African and African American Intellectual
  • How have thinkers and actors in African
    intellectual genealogies in the U.S. and South
    Africa positioned themselves as analysts and
    actors for real-time social change and
    transformation? Taking its conceptual frame from
    the famous 1970 column by-lineI write what I
    like penned by Black Consciousness Movement
    leader Steven Bantu Biko, his theme will evoke
    comparative evaluation of ideas and texts from
    major thinkers such as Biko, Nelson Mandela,
    Robert Sobukwe, Oliver Tambo, Chris Hani and
    many others with their counterparts in other
    parts of the African world. Exchanges between
    cultural icons and thinkers such as Miriam
    Makeba, Gil Scott Heron, Hugh Masekela, Bob
    Marley and many others will extend the
    consideration of Pan-African cultural spheres as
    the context for inter-state and transnational
    exchanges. Texts such as Peter Abrahams The
    Black Experience in the 20th Century An
    Autobiography and Meditation (2001) and Frank
    Wilderson IIIs Incognegro A Memoir of Exile and
    Apartheid (2008) will present the opportunity to
    consider first-hand accounts of collaborations
    and contestations between representative thinkers
    in this context.

Categorizing Thinkers
  • What are the Characteristics of an intellectual?
  • What are the conditions that foster intellectual
  • What is a representative thinker?
  • What are the conditions that foster
    representative thinking?

Intellectuals as Representative Thinkers in the
South African-United States Context
  • South Africa
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Steve Biko
  • Robert Sobukwe
  • Mamphela Ramphele
  • United States
  • Ralph Bunche
  • Stokely Carmichael Kwame Ture
  • Randall Robinson
  • Frank Wilderson III

Intellectuals as Representative Thinkers and
Cultural Workers in the South African-United
States Context
  • South Africa
  • Hugh Masekela
  • Miriam Makeba
  • United States
  • Gil Scott Heron
  • Stetsasonic

Intellectual Genealogies
  • What is a Genealogy?
  • How Might One Go About (Re)Constructing an
    Intellectual Genealogy?

Comparative Intellectual Genealogies
Creating Linkages How are these anchoring
representative thinkers Related?
Narrating Memories/Crafting Intellectual
July 9 Research day at Mayibuye Center
UWC-Robben Island Mayibuye Archive
  • Housed primarily at the University of Western
    Cape campus, the Mayibuye Archive, as one of the
    largest archives of liberation struggle materials
    in the country, includes unique materials
    (historical documents, photographs, art work,
    audio-visual holdings, etc) relating to the
    freedom struggle generally and to Robben Island
    and apartheid imprisonment especially. Its goal
    is to achieve Mayibuye, the Zulu word for
    bringing back what was lost.

Historical Papers
  • 300 collections of personal and organizational
    documents reflecting the struggles for national
    liberation in SA
  • Papers and publications that were banned under
  • Personal papers of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • Prison writings of Ahmed Kathrada
  • Personal papers Material belonging to political
    activists and leaders such as WH Andrews, MA
    Naidoo, Brian Bunting, Yusuf Dadoo, Mac Maharaj,
    Alex and Blanche La Guma, Govan Mbeki, Albie
    Sachs, Kader and Louise Asmal, Wolfie Kodesh, Reg
    September, Dulcie Hartwell and Neville Naidoo.
  • Organizational documents ANC South African
    Congress of Trade Unions South African Clothing
    and Textile Workers Union Womens National
    Coalition Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement Dutch
    Anti-Apartheid Movement Afro-Asian Solidarity
    Committee South African Non-Racial Olympic
    Committee Film and Allied Workers Organization
    United Womens Congress Legal and Research Depts
    of the IADF (International Defense and Aid Fund)

Photographic Archive
  • The Photographic Archive documents South African
    life under apartheid and resistance to it from
    the 1ate 1940s until 1990.The subjects covered
    include history of apartheid, images of
    apartheid, liberation movements, forced removals
    and resettlement,repression,political
    prisoners,trials,labour and trade unions,
    women,culture,education,armed struggle,personaliti
  • The Eli Weinberg documents the struggle against
    apartheid from the 1940s to the 1970s.Almost 2
    000 negatives cover all the major events,
    campaigns and personalities of this period.
  • The Leon Levson collection gives unusual insight
    into African rural and urban life in this period.
  • The PA includes a history and campaigns of the
    African National Congress and the broad
    liberation movement from the 1920s to the
  • It also includes extensive material on the mass
    mobilisation and uprisings of the 1980s as well
    as the international campaigns against apartheid,
    including the collections of the South and
    Grassroots newspapers.

Audio-Visual Archive
  • Included in the sound and oral history
  • Interviews with many South African ex-political
    prisoners and political exiles.
  • Major meetings, rallies, briefings, press
    conferences of the Southern African liberation
    movements and allied support groups.
  • Lectures such as the annual Canon Collins
    Memorial Lecture Series delivered by, among
    others, Oliver Tambo and Govan Mbeki.
  • Tapes of historic importance, such as Chief
    Albert Luthulis Nobel Peace Prize acceptance
    speech, an interview with Nelson Mandela recorded
    in 1961, and interviews with those who took part
    in the 1955 Congress of the People and were later
    charged in the 1956 Treason Trial.
  • Other components (feature films, documentaries,

Art, Artifacts, Posters, Banners
  • Art works
  • The Albie Sachs Collection of Mozambican Art
  • The Abe Berry Cartoon Collection
  • Art Against Apartheid
  • Artefacts
  • A collection of artefacts, which
    inlcudesT-shirts, signs, badges etc, tell the
    story of apartheid and the mass resistance inside
    South Africa, as well as the campaigns of
    Anti-Apartheid Movements in countries ranging
    from Japan to Spain and Argentina.
  • Apple Box Archives
  • Posters
  • Posters of grass roots campaigns and cultural
    events abroad
  • Banners
  • Banners and murals (including those displayed at
    the 49th ANC annual conference in Durban in 1991)