Dr June Catherine Bam-Hutchison

‘We are Khoi Warriors’: this course will provide a historical background to the rise of the KhoiSan revivalist movement in South Africa today. It does so by engaging critically with ideas around indigenous KhoiSan identity, precolonial, colonial and decolonial knowledge or ‘ways of knowing’. The course will also explore the implications of these ideas for campaigns for social justice.



1. Pre-colonial remembrance:  disruption and continuities on the Cape Flats

2. KhoiSan studies: colonial historiography

3. KhoiSan studies: decolonial historiography

4. Contemporary KhoiSan identities and campaigns for social justice

5. Epistemological imperatives as social justice


Recommended reading

Adhikari, M., 2010. ‘A total extinction confidently hoped for: The destruction of Cape San society under Dutch colonial rule, 1700–1795’. Journal of genocide research12(1-2), pp.19-44.

Soudien, C., 2010. ‘What to Teach the Natives’: A Historiography of the Curriculum Dilemma in South Africa. In Curriculum Studies in South Africa (pp. 19-49). Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

Worden, N., 2010. After race and class: Recent trends in the historiography of early colonial Cape society. South African Historical Journal62(3), pp.589-602.

Verbuyst, R., 2016. Claiming Cape Town: towards a symbolic interpretation of Khoisan activism and land claims. Anthropology Southern Africa39(2), pp.83-96.



Date:  14 – 19 January 
Time: 3.00 pm
COURSE FEES Full: R550,00  Staff and Students R275,00
Venue: Classroom 2A Kramer Law Building UCT