Workshop Syllabi (Johannesburg & New Haven)

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Johannesburg Workshop

Transatlantic Histories: The United States and South Africa Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa

Professor Dan Magaziner, Yale University
July 9-18, 2018

Monday 9 July

9:30am Meet at Apartheid Museum: Introductions
10:00am Lecture / Discussion: “White nationalism, segregation and the economics of apartheid” 
11:45am Lunch
12:30pm Depart for Pretoria
1:30pm Visit Voortrekker Monument and Freedom Park 5:00pm Dinner in Pretoria


  • Saul Dubow, Apartheid, 1948-1994 (Oxford University Press, 2014): 1 – 73
  • Harold Wolpe, “Capitalism and Cheap Labour Power in South Africa: From Segregation to Apartheid,” Economy and Society (1972): 60 – 90
  • Colin Murray, “Displaced Urbanisation: South Africa’s Rural Slums,” African Affairs 86, no. 344 (1987): 231 – 255

Tuesday 10 July

9:30am Apartheid Museum: “Life under apartheid” (Dan Magaziner)
11:00am “Native/Bantu/Black, Tribal/Traditional/Communal: Legislating the meaning of black identity from 1902-2018” (Thuto Thipe)
12:00pm Driving and walking tour through Soweto
2:00pm Wandie’s Bar
7:00 Troyeville Bar and watching World Cup football match


  • Miriam Tlali, Muriel at Metropolitan (novel)
  • Martin Legassick, “British Hegemony and the Origins of Segregation in South Africa, 1901-14,” in William Beinart and Saul DuBow, ed. Segregation and apartheid in twentieth-century South Africa (Routledge, 1995): 43 – 59

Wednesday 11 July

10:00 “Resistance, through the 1980s” (Dan Magaziner) 
12:00 Speaker: Clive Glaser
6pm Dinner at Urbanologi
8pm Athol Fugard’s Nongogo at Market Theatre


  • Nelson Mandela, “Birth of a Freedom Fighter,” in Long Walk to Freedom (Little, Brown and Co.): 93 – 140
  • Paul Landau, “The ANC, MK and the ‘Turn to Violence’ 1960 – 1962,” South African Historical Journal 64, no. 3 (2012): 538 – 563
  • Jon Soske, “The Impossible Concept: Settler Liberalism, Pan-Africanism, and the Language of Non-Racialism,” African Historical Review 47, no. 2 (2015): 151 – 36
  • Steve Biko, “Black Consciousness and the Quest for True Humanity.”

Thursday 12 July

9:30am “The 1980s – 1994 – violence, transition and reconciliation, or, why did apartheid end?”
11:00am Guest Speaker: Bongani Madondo 2:00pm Visit to Constitutional Court


  • Jon Soske, “The Life and Death of Dr. Abu Baker ‘Hurley’ Asvat, 23 February 1943 to 27 January 1989,” African Studies 70, no. 3 (2011): 337 – 358
  • Emily Bridger, “Functions and Failures of Transnational Activism: Discourses of Children’s Resistance and Repression in Global Anti-Apartheid Networks,” Journal of World History 26, no. 4 (2015): 865 – 887
  • Jill Kelly, “Women Were Not Supposed to Fight’: The Gendered Uses of Martial and Moral Zuluness during  uDlame (1990-1994),” in Jan Bender Shetler and Dorothy L. Hodgson, eds.Gendering Ethnicity in African Women’s Lives178 – 205
  • Mahmood Mamdani, “A Diminished Truth,” After the TRC (Ohio University Press, 2001): 58 – 61
  • Alex Boraine, “The Language of Potential,” After the TRC (Ohio University Press, 2001): 73 – 81. Catherine Cole, “Performance, Transitional Justice, and the Law: South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” Theatre Journal 59, no. 2 (2007): 167 – 187
  • Timothy Wright, “Justice, Silence and Complexity: Recent Forays in the Reconstitution of Apartheid Experience,” African Studies 76, no. 1 (2017): 163 – 176

Friday 13 July

9:30am “Contemporary South Africa and the presence of the past” (Dan Magaziner) 11am Guest Speaker: Seth Mazibuko
12pm Lunch
1:30 Graffiti tour


  • Martin Murray, “Disposable People at the Peri-Urban Fringe,” in Taming the disorderly city(Cornell University Press, 2008): 90 – 123
  • Mark Hunter, “The Changing Political Economy of Sex in South Africa,” Social Science & Medicine 64 (2007) 689 – 700
  • Ashwin Desai, “Migrants and Violence in South Africa: The April 2015 Xenophobic Attacks in Durban,” The Oriental Anthropologist 15, no. 2 (2015): 247 – 259
  • Tanja Bosch, “Twitter Activism and the Youth in South Africa: the case of #rhodesmustfall,” Information, Communication & Society 20, no. 2 (2017): 221 – 232

Morning: Leave for Pilanesberg National Park

Sabine Marschall, Targeting Statues: Monument “Vandalism” as an Expression of Sociopolitical Protest in South Africa,” African Studies Review 60, no. 3 (2017): 203 – 219

Saturday 14 July

Afternoon activities at Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Sunday 15 July

Morning activities at Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Return to Johannesburg

Monday 16 July

School Holiday. Visit with South African host teachers

Tuesday 17 July

Classroom Visits and Centenary Celebrations (18 July 2018 is one hundredth anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth)

Wednesday 18 July

Centenary Celebrations. Check out of guest house. Depart for U.S., 9:30pm

New Haven Workshop 

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition 
Yale University Summer 2019

Instructor: Professor K. N. Blain
Course Description:
This course examines the black struggle for freedom and justice in the United States from the period of the transatlantic slavery to the modern civil rights movement. Through a variety of secondary and primary sources, film and other multimedia, the course explores the varied strategies and tactics black people have employed to secure their political rights and freedom. Major course themes include gender, identity, agency and internationalism.

General Expectations:
This course will combine lecture and discussion. Participants will be expected to complete the readings for each class and come prepared to actively participate. This means that all participants must bring a copy of the assigned readings, along with notes on the readings, to each session.


Session One

Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

12pm-1pm: Lunch and Introductions
1pm-4pm: Lecture and In-Class Activities
-Guest Lecture by 
Sasha TurnerQuinnipiac University


  • Jennifer Morgan, “Women in Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade” in Transatlantic Slavery:

    Against Human Dignity, pp. 56-66.

  • Anne C. Bailey, African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade, Ch. 5: “European and American Agency

    in the Atlantic Slave Trade,” pp. 115-151.

  • Excerpt from Walter Johnson, Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market in Chad

    Williams, Kidada Williams, and Keisha N. Blain, eds., Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism,

    and Racial Violence, pp. 39-45.

  • Excerpt from Stephanie Smallwood, Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American

    Diaspora in Charleston Syllabus, pp. 46-51.

  • Phillis Wheatley, “On Being Brought from Africa to America” (1768) in Manning Marable, ed.,

    Let Nobody Turn Us Around: An African American Anthology, pp. 7-8.

  • Excerpt from Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, in Let Nobody Turn Us Around: An African American Anthology, pp. 9-17.

Session Two

The Aftermath of Slavery

9am-12pm: Lecture
12pm-1pm: Lunch
1pm-4pm: In-Class Activities
-Guest Lecture by 
David BlightYale University


  • Tera W. Hunter, To ‘Joy My Freedom, Ch. 1: “‘Answering Bells is Played Out’: Slavery and the Civil War” & Ch. 2: “Reconstruction and the Meanings of Freedom,” pp. 4-43.
  • Excerpt from Thomas C. Holt, Black Over White: Negro Political Leadership in South Carolina during Reconstruction in Charleston Syllabus, pp. 131-137.
  • Frederick Douglass, “What the Black Man Wants” (1865) in Let Nobody Turn Us Around: An African American Anthology, pp. 122-128.

Session Three

The Law and Politics of Jim Crow

9am-12pm: Lecture and In-Class Activities


  • Tera W. Hunter, To ‘Joy My Freedom, Ch. 5: “The ‘Color Line’ Gives Way to the ‘Color Wall,’” pp.98-129.
  • Excerpt from Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) in Charleston Syllabus, pp. 161-166.
  • Booker T. Washington and the Politics of Accommodation in Let Nobody Turn Us Around, pp.174-181.
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr., “W.E.B. Du Bois and ‘The Talented Tenth’” in Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Cornel West, eds., The Future of the Race, pp. 115–132.
  • Anne Valk and Leslie Brown, eds., Living With Jim Crow, Ch. 1: “Growing Up a Girl in the Jim Crow South,” pp. 17-51.

Session Four

The Civil Rights Movement

9am-12pm: Lecture 12pm-1pm: Lunch 1pm-4pm: In-Class Activities -Guest Lecture


  • Charles Payne, I’ve Got the Light of Freedom, Ch. 1: “Setting the Stage”; Ch. 2: “Testing the Limits”; and Ch. 3: “The Roots of An Organizing Tradition,” pp. 7-83.

  • Danielle L. McGuire, Ch. 7: “Sex and Civil Rights” in At the Dark End of the Street, pp. 174-201.

  • John D’Emilio, “‘No Force on Earth Can Stop This Movement,’ 1955-1957,” in Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin, pp. 223-248.

  • Fannie Lou Hamer, Testimony Before the Credentials Committee, Democratic National Convention, 1964 in Charleston Syllabus, pp. 223-225.

  • “Rosa Parks, Jo Ann Robinson, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1955–1956” in Let NobodyTurn Us Around, pp. 352-361.

  • Martin Luther King Jr., “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” (1963).

Session Five

The Rise of Black Power

9am-12pm: Lecture
-Guest Lecture by 
Jeffrey O.G. OgbarUniversity of Connecticut12pm-1pm: Lunch
1pm-4pm: In-Class Activities
-Guest Lecture by 
Brittney YancyUniversity of Connecticut-In-Class FilmThe Black Power Mixtape


  • Excerpt from Akinyele Umoja, We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement in Charleston Syllabus, pp. 262-267.

  • Michael L. Clemons and Charles E. Jones, “Global Solidarity: The Black Panther Party in the International Arena” in Liberation, Imagination, and the Black Panther Party, pp. 20-39

  • Stephen Ward, “The Third World Women’s Alliance: Black Feminist Radicalism and Black Power Politics” in The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights – Black Power Era, pp. 119-144.

  • Malcolm X, “The Ballot or the Bullet” in Let Nobody Turn Us Around, pp. 404-413.

  • Tracye Matthews, “‘No One Ever Asks, What a Man’s Place in the Revolution Is’: Gender and the Politics of the Black Panther Party, 1966-1971,” in Charles E. Jones, ed., The Black Panther Party: Reconsidered, pp. 267-95.

  • “Huey P. Newton and the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense” in Let Nobody Turn Us Around, pp. 445-456.

  • Angela Davis, “I Am a Revolutionary Black Woman” in Let Nobody Turn Us Around, pp. 459-463.

Closing Session: Trip to DC//Visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture(NMAAHC)