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

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

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
  • The World and the Text Research and Writing as
    Liberating Practices in Study Abroad

Map of South Africa
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,
  • Political Structure Executive, Legislative,
  • Bi-Cameral Parliament (5 year terms) 400 seat
    NA and 90 seat CP Universal Adult Suffrage
  • Party-based elections ANC/SACP/COSATU, DA, PAC,
  • Tripartite Capitals Cape Town, Pretoria,

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
  • 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

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

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
  • 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

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?

Ideas for Projects From Site Visits and Class to
  • 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
  • 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

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)

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

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

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

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

Immediate Upcoming Schedule
  • Monday, July 4 Full class/research day  
  • Tuesday, July 5 Full class /research day
  • Wednesday, July 6 SA Parliament evening
  • 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