The African Studies Archive

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The African Studies Archive

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    African Studies, Anthropology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    In this course we take a close look at some of the key collections in the Manuscripts and Archives division of the University of Cape Town Library, and at some of the bodies of scholarly work to which they have given rise. As one of the oldest university archives in Southern African the collections speak ? in image and text ? of the formation of a range of discipline-based knowledges dealing with Africa. On the one hand, this takes the form of the emergence, formatilization and institutionalization of a range of collecting and recording practices, fieldwork methodologies and the like. On the other hand, it takes the form of the emergence of various disciplinary discourses and their associated ?objects? and ?fields?. The key source of insight in the course lies in exploring how these different objects and fields are not natural or given, but have been formed and constructed in relation to specific social contexts and intellectual AFRICAN & GENDER STUDIES, ANTHROPOLOGY & LINGUISTICS 40
    histories. Significant collections examined in this course include the Bleek/Lloyd collection, the Goodwin Collection and the Hahn Collection. Particular emphasis is placed on the many hundreds of photographic images that form part of these collections as a point of entry into larger disciplinary debates and concerns.

    DP requirements: Attendance at seminars is compulsory, failing which students? papers may not be marked.

    Assessment: Two essays (25% each) 50%; major project 50%.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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