1062 WITNESSES TO SOUTH AFRICAN HISTORY: FROM CINNA THE SLAVE TO RICHARD VICTOR SELOPE THEMA
Coordinated by Dr Elizabeth van Heyningen, historian
Memoirs, letters and other personal writings have long provided excellent sources to historians. In 2018 the Van Riebeeck Society, which for the past one hundred years has published an annual volume, celebrates it centenary. This course will explore some of the most prominent themes in these publications, which have transformed the understanding of South African history.T he first lecture will discuss why it is valuable to think about historical sources. The second lecture will discuss slavery, which existed in a very limited area and for a relatively short time in the country.
South Africa was especially interesting botanically in colonial times with its wide range of flora. The work of two significant botanists, Thunberg and Sparrman, will be examined. Next the voices of black South Africans that have long been hidden, despite their strong literary culture, will be explored. Finally the focus will be on the history of conquest, ranging from Zululand and the Eastern Cape to the South African War.
1. History and its sources Dr Elizabeth van Heyningen
2. Slavery Associate Professor Gerald Groenewald, University of Johannesburg
3. Botany and general science Dr John Rourke, National Botanical Institute
4. Hidden voices Dr Pamela Maseko, Rhodes University
5. War and colonial conquest Bill Nasson, Stellenbosch University