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Title: COAS Study Abroad-South Africa 2011: Review and Research Agenda


1
COAS Study Abroad-South Africa 2011 Review and
Research Agenda
  • July 4, 2011
  • University of Cape Town

2
Overarching Themes From Webpage
  • Deconstructive Engagements South Africa, the
    United States and the Modern World System
  • Narrating (Re)memories Constructing Historical
    and Contemporary Identities in South Africa
  • We Think What We Like Representative Figures in
    South African and African American Intellectual
    History
  • The World and the Text Research and Writing as
    Liberating Practices in Study Abroad

3
Map of South Africa
4
General Information
  • Population 50 million
  • Economy (2.7 billion rand gdp , 2010)
  • Exports Gold, minerals, diamonds, metals and
    metal products, foods, automotive components
  • Main Trading Partners US, UK, China, Japan,
    France
  • Political Structure Executive, Legislative,
    Judiciary
  • Bi-Cameral Parliament (5 year terms) 400 seat
    NA and 90 seat CP Universal Adult Suffrage
  • Party-based elections ANC/SACP/COSATU, DA, PAC,
    etc.
  • Tripartite Capitals Cape Town, Pretoria,
    Bloemfontein

5
South Africa at a Flash
  • 5 MYA to 1500 ce Human Population
  • 1300-1500 Southern Africa Repopulated by
    Migrations Bantu Sotho, Tswana and Nguni
    Zulu, Xhosa Language Speakers. Khoi-San here
  • Ca 1500-Present European Invasions
  • 1460 Portuguese
  • 1652 Dutch East India Company
  • 1750s Trekboers move east
  • 1795 British take the Dutch Cape Colony
  • 1830s-50s British abolish slavery, set off
    Dutch Great Trek Boers declare Republic of
    Natalia, OFS
  • 1870s-1910
  • The Age of Rhodes e.g. 1895 Jameson Raid on
    Transvaal, etc.
  • 1898-1902 Ango-Boer War leads to USA 1910 of
    Cape, Natal, OFS, SAR Transvaaal
  • The Concretization of Apartheid and African
    Resistance
  • 1912 Founding of ANC 1913, Natives Land Act,
    1914 NP Formed, 1923 Urban Areas Act
  • 1943 ANC L 1948, NP Wins, 1953, Bantu
    Education Act
  • 1955 Freedom Charter 1958, Verwoerd
  • 1959 PAC formed Homelands formed
  • 1961 Sharpeville 1960, SAR
  • 1963 Rivonia 1970 Bantu Homelands CA
  • 1976 Soweto

6
Basic Components of Research (A
Cross-Disciplinary Approach)
  • Statement of the Problem
  • Review of Current Scholarship
  • Methodology
  • Theoretical Framework
  • Development of the Thesis
  • Research Findings

7
Basic Components of Research (Your Projects)
  • Statement of the Problem
  • Review of Current Scholarship
  • What is your research problem or inquiry?
  • What is the purpose of your research? (to build
    skills that enable you to facilitate change)
  • To advance knowledge
  • To solve a problem
  • To inquire
  • How did South Africans in the country and in
    exile use literature to advance the freedom
    struggle?
  • What has already been said about this subject?
  • Working Bibliography
  • Summary of key ideas/scholarship on the topic
  • What information do you need to complete this
    research meaningfully?
  • What new information/solutions will your research
    reveal?

8
Your Projects
  • Methodology
  • Preliminary Findings Further Research
  • What research method is best suited for your
    research question?
  • Design Before/after retrospective, prospective,
    blended current or focused period
  • Data secondary sources, interviews, etc
  • Disciplinary approaches discipline specific,
    multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary
  • What do your preliminary research efforts reveal?
  • What further research needs to be done?
  • What larger context(s) must be considered to make
    this research transformative?
  • How might the research be useful in its
    transformative capacity? What variables would
    need to be in play to maximize that capacity?

9
Ideas for Projects From Site Visits and Class to
Date
  • Outlining pitfalls for a post-apartheid SA based
    on post-integration failures in the US
  • Exploring the impact of mother tongues on
    educational achievement
  • Identifying what can be learned about SAs
    experience with HIV-AIDS
  • Comparing political ideologies and/or world views
  • Considering the SA Constitution and the law
  • Determining the impact of gender or culture on
    entrepreneurship
  • Imagining a new economy
  • Developing a thinking class
  • Understanding the politics of museum curation
  • (Re)Constructing cultural memory
  • Reviewing radical resistance
  • Embracing/Rejecting the rainbow nation
  • Analyzing the politics of land ownership

10
Engaging the Themes
  • Use them as conceptual frameworks
  • The world and the text (the world is a text!)
  • We think what we like (how have thinkers and
    cultural workers exchanged ideas within/across
    Pan-African spheres?)
  • Use them as prompts
  • Consider one or more of its questions (what does
    a comparative study illuminate?) or assumptions
    (world systems of oppression (e.g. capitalism)
    have racialized dimensions
  • Use them as guides
  • Consider the books they invoke (Michael
    McDonalds Why Race Matters in South Africa)

11
Focused Study (Prompt Books, from Webpage)
  • White Supremacy
  • African American Consciousness of Africa
  • Race for Sanctions
  • The Price of Reconciliation
  • History Making and Present Day Politics
  • Do South Africans Exist
  • Why Race Matters
  • The Black Experience in the 20th Century
  • Incognegro

12
Focused Study (Collections Resources)
  • UCT Library collections
  • Mayibuye Archives
  • Klipton documents Freedom Charter
  • SA Constitution

13
Class Day Blog Posts
  • Summarize the lecture
  • Ask at least 3 questions that came to mind during
    the lecture (these can be general, or they can
    relate specifically to your research project)
  • Summarize your research activity (what did you
    to, read, see, think about, write) and
  • Indicate your research agenda for the following
    day.

14
Your Projects
  • Conducting your research
  • Presenting Your Research
  • Full class/research days
  • Class from 930-noon lunch research (130-5)
  • Write/Post blog
  • Library hours (830am-5pm)
  • Office Hours
  • Mayibuye Center
  • Check their website to see what holdings youd
    like to view while there.
  • Power Point presentations
  • 10-15 minutes
  • July 11th

15
Immediate Upcoming Schedule
  • Monday, July 4 Full class/research day  
  • Tuesday, July 5 Full class /research day
  • Wednesday, July 6 SA Parliament evening
    class/research
  • Thursday, July 7 Full class/research day
  • Friday, July 8 UWC-Robben Island Archives,
    Mayibuye Center  
  • Saturday, July 9 Robben Island
  • Sunday, July 10 Cape of Good Hope, Stellenbosch
    and Winelands
  • Monday, July 11 Full class day (Presentations)
  • Tuesday, July 12 Depart Cape Town at 850am for
    Johannesburg (1050 am arrival)
    evening reception or lecture
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