Thursday 10 March 2011
Jongikhaya Mvenene presented his PhD proposal. His topic is 'A history of Butteworth 1971-2001'. His thesis will centre around the many attempts to by apartheid state and the Transkei government to establish Butterworth as an industrial area. It will also include a study on the social and economical impact of the industry in Butterworth.


Thursday 24 March
Kerry Chance: Differentiating "the poor": Mobilizing a party political ethnic-other in Durban shacklands

Kerry Chance (BA, Anthropology, Bard College; MA, Anthropology, University of Chicago) is a doctoral candidate in Socio-Cultural Anthropology at the University of Chicago. She is a Visiting Researcher at the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her work concerns politics, violence, memory, the state and democracy. Based in Durban, her current ethnographic research examines everyday practices and interactions between state officials and residents of townships and shack settlements. Drawing from political philosophy and studies of global slums,her dissertation considers how slum-dwellers collectively identify and articulate demands as political across historically race-based communities, and how this living politics is transforming long-standing relations with the state. She has written on media and witnessing 9/11, as well as on service disconnections in democratic South Africa. She is a Fulbright-Hays (DDRA) scholar, a Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research grantee, and a Social Science Research Council (IDRF) fellow.


Thursday 31 March:
Vashna Jaganarth:
From Sparks Estate to Sparks Road: The changing landscape of Sydenham
Sydenham, a vibrant suburb of Durban, was classified as a ‘Coloured group area’ in 1950. Unlike most other areas segregated under apartheid there were no ‘buffer zones’ surrounding Sydenham. The result was that there was considerable fluidity between people that were classified as racially different by the state. Moreover people from divergent class backgrounds have lived in close proximity in Sydenham over many decades. Sydenham, a site of flux and diversity in the midst of a system that aimed to fix people into races and to tie race to space, makes for a useful case study to examine the complex issue of how Apartheid policies sought and ultimately failed to impose a rigid public racialisation on one of Durban's most diverse spaces.

Thursday 14 April: Honours Students
Chipo Munyuki: ‘Operation Murambatsvina’: Life after the wave. An analysis of the coping strategies used by citizens after the May-July event of 2005

Chris Ansara: In what manner did the fall of nationalist China to communism in 1949 effect the Cold War foreign policies of the United States of America concerning not just China itself but the entire East Asian region?
As we enter the, what is now being termed as the ‘Chinese century’ Chris's research essay will focus on a history that involves not only China and the United States but the entire East Asian region. The fall of China to communism in 1949 brought about a fundamental shift in USA foreign policy concerning not just China itself but Taiwan, Korea and Japan as well. Thus the main focus of this essay shall focus primarily on the effect the fall of nationalist China to communism in 1949 had on the Cold War foreign policies of the United States of America.

Thursday 21 April: Honours Students
Veronica Fletcher: Speaking the Unspeakable: Changing discourses on Female Genital Cutting in Kenya in the 21st Century
Veronica Fletcher presented her honours proposal, which proposed to examine the genealogy of the discourses around female genital cutting in Kenya. She hopes to trace the different discussions and practices around female genital cutting from 1920 to the present.

David Knowles presented a proposal on the role of activist in environmental social movements. He hopes to gains access to required information to formulate his argument is through detailed interviews.

Thursday 5 May:
Professor Julia Wells:
The invisible cohesion of African leadership: the lead-up to the battle at Grahamstown reconsidered.

Professor Julia Wells seeks to reconsider the the events that led up to the attack of 10,000 Xhosa soldiers on Grahamstown, British military headquarters, on the Cape Colony's eastern frontier, in 1819. This new approach takes into consideration a more subtle, less visible dynamic of cooperation and unity that also operated between them. Ferocious as their conflicts with each other were, they also enjoyed periods of peace, cooperation and mutual support.


Thursday 12 May:
Robert McNamara: Muito Secreto: The Rise and Fall of Exercise ALCORA: the Secret Alliance of South Africa, Portugal and Rhodesia and its war against the African liberation movements

Robert McNamara is a lecturer in international history at the University of Ulster Coleraine. Educated at University College Cork, he is the author of the books, Britain, Nasser and the balance of power in the Middle East, 1952 - 67 (London, Frank Cass, 2003) and The Hashemites: The Dream of Arabia, (London: Haus, 2009) as well as a number of chapters and articles. His forthcoming book is and edited collection, The Churchills in Ireland 1660-1965: Connections and Controversies (Dublin, Irish Academic Press, 2011). He is currently working with Dr Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth on a project entitled, "Defying the Wind of Change: the Great Powers, the White Redoubt and the Struggle for Southern Africa 1960 - 1980".

In the early 1960s, the white minority regimes of Portuguese Africa (Mozambique and Angola), Rhodesia and South Africa appeared to be doomed to go the same way as the rest of the European colonies in Africa and Asia. Instead, all three defied the wind of change and resisted the rise of African nationalism. It has long been known that there was considerable military, intelligence and economic cooperation between the three pariah states though its extent has been a matter of some dispute. However, recent releases in the South African military archives reveal the closeness of the military cooperation between the three states that reached its peak between 1971 and 1974 with Exercise ALCORA, the establishment of a secret military alliance that only came to an end with the Portuguese revolution of April 1974. This paper assesses the rise and fall of Exercise ALCORA and examines the counter insurgency strategies that the so-called "Unholy" Alliance of the white states developed to defeat the African liberation movements and how it provided the precursor to the development of the Apartheid state's total strategy of the 1980s.

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