First call for papers for the workshop South Africa's Rule of Namibia, 1915-1990: New Perspectives
In March 2010 it will be twenty years since the South African occupation of South West Africa/Namibia came to an end and the country gained independence. Since the 1990s new trends have emerged in the humanities and social sciences whose influence on the study of South Africa in Namibia deserve to be mapped and debated. Earlier studies emphasised the history of the anti-colonial struggle within the parameters of national liberation. Recent analyses have explored other relevant questions, ranging from transnational aspects to debates about historical memory.
This workshop aims at taking stock of new perspectives on the period of South African rule of Namibia. We invite proposals from scholars of all disciplines for papers that explore aspects of the history of the South African occupation of Namibia, from 1915 to 1990. The deadline for paper proposals is 30 September 2009. Completed papers will be due not later than 30 January 2010 in order to be circulated among the participants before the workshop. We suggest a focus on one of the following themes:
1. The changing nature of the South African occupation of Namibia and its impact on Namibians.
2. Historiography: South Africa’s rule of Namibia in South African and international scholarship.
3. Transnational aspects of the South African occupation: the League of Nations and the United Nations; contacts between Namibians and South Africans; transnational influences.
4. Economic and strategic aspects of South Africa’s role in Namibia.
5. Representation and images: Namibia in the South African media, literature and popular culture.
6. Namibians in South Africa, and South Africans in Namibia: migrant workers; political resistance; settler culture, etc.
The workshop will be hosted by the Department of History at the University of South Africa in Pretoria in March 2010 (specific dates still to be finalised). The projected outcome of the workshop is the publication of selected papers. Proposals should be sent to Tilman Dedering (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Christopher Saunders (Chris.Saunders@uct.ac.za).
Department of History
University of South Africa
PO Box 392
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