Conference Papers

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Labouring under the Law: Exploring the Agency of Indian Women under Indenture in Colonial Natal, 1860 – 1911

This paper is intended as the beginnings of an introduction to a Master’s thesis that will look at discourses around Indian women and gender under indenture in Colonial Natal from 1860 to 1911.

Witchcraft or Madness? The Amandiki of Zululand, 1894-19141

In late May 1999 Anglican Archdeacon, Ebenezer Ntlali, performed an exorcism to drive out evil
spirits from a hundred or so schoolgirls at St John's College, a church school with over a
thousand students in Umtata, of former Transkei region of South Africa. According to

The Voice of History? Archives, Ethics and Historians [Lunacy]

These documents and letters - which I have placed in chronological order, and taken excerpts from, but have not otherwise edited or changed in any way - can be found at the Pietermaritzburg Archives Repository.2 They comprise, in the main, correspondence between various officials from the offices

The Mad in their Midst: Accommodating Insanity in Natal, 1868-1920

In December 1916, James Mkize, a kholwa (Christian) peasant farmer and preacher submitted a deposition to the Resident Magistrate of Umzimkulu, southern Natal, South Africa, detailing at some length the reasons why he believed that his brother, Bennie, was insane and should be legally detained in

The fools on the hill : the Natal government asylum and the institutionalisation of insanity in colonial Natal

Representing one aspect of my wider research into changing perceptions and practices of mental illness and mental health in the period c.1850-1950 in the region that today is KwaZulu-Natal, this paper focuses on the colonial identification and institutionalisation of those deemed insane between t

Researching and working with boys in Southern Africa in the context of HIV/AIDS – a radical approach

In many western countries, in recent years, boys have been much criticised for being antiintellectual, emotionally illiterate, uncommunicative, antisocial and delinquent – characteristics that have been identified as marking them out as different from girls. (see eg.

‘Without the luxury of time’: AIDS, Representation and the Birth of Rights-based AIDS Activism in the 1980s

On the August 4th 2003 Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) activists marched on the

first South African AIDS Conference. The singing and toyi-toying demonstrators

reached the court-yard next to the entrance to the conference’s venue, Durban’s

From migrating men to moving women : Forgotten Lessons from the Karks on methodology, migration and disease

This paper is based on a rough draft of a chapter for my PhD dissertation. I have kept in place references to other chapters to give a sense of how it fits into my broader thesis. The dissertation is provisionally

Aids and the Changing Political Economy of Sex in South Africa: From Apartheid to Neo-liberalism

Between 1990 and 2005, HIV prevalence rates in South Africa jumped from less than 1% to around 29%. Combining ethnographic, demographic and historical insights, this article addresses the important question posed recently by prominent South Africanist scholars:

Masculinities and multiple-sexual-partners in KwaZulu-Natal: The Making and Unmaking of Isoka

This paper examines one dominant element of masculinities worldwide – the high value placed on men’s “success” with women.

“People Wherever I Go Believe that I am a Doctor, but in Thinking that they Flatter Me …”: Black community health intermediaries in South Africa 1920-1959

Until the early 1930s, “Western” biomedical health care services for black communities were left to a small cadre of missionary doctors and nurses scattered throughout remote rural areas.7 From the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Christian missionaries were also at the forefront of training b

The silent scourge? Silicosis, respiratory disease and gold-mining in South Africa

Mining companies in South Africa have publicized their benevolent concern for the health oftheir workers. However, there are legal, practical and political reasons for this concern.

Land claims and restitution in South Africa : the valuation perspective

The subject matter of the paper is a description of the unique valuation research exercise currently being undertaken in South Africa to reopen the issue of compensation paid by the state in it's land acquisition/redistribution programme of 30 to 40 years ago and revolves around the effects of th

The limits to land reform: reviewing ‘the land question’

That the land question was one of the driving forces of the liberation struggle was a viewpoint that Hanekom shared with most ANC supporters, including many who did not depend directly on the land for survival.

The Left in the slum : the rise of a shack dwellers’ movement in Durban, South Africa

On 9 November 1993 the African National Congress issued a press statement condemning the “housing crisis in South Africa” as “a matter which falls squarely at the door of the National Party regime and its surrogates”.

‘But We Were Thousands’ Dispossession, Resistance, Repossession and Repression in Mandela Park [ Evictions ]

This paper has been reduced by over a third for this seminar.

Urban Citizenship: Governance, regulation, development and participation. Some thoughts from the Warwick Junction Project, Durban

The central question behind this set of reflections is “What is the relationship between urban
governance and urban citizenship”? The aim of this paper is to explore the relationship
between attempts by the local authorities to manage and develop the city in accordance with

Public Housing and Patterns of Family Life: lndian Families in Metropolitan Durban

To speak of 'the family' and 'housing' is akin to speaking of 'the dancer' and 'the dance'. Their ties, their oneness, and their otherness are endless. In our experience they often seem one; in our thinking they can be separated and joined in endless patterns.

The third world challenge (From : The year at UDW 1988)

In July 1988, the Development Society of South Africa held its third biennial conference at the University of Durban-Westville. The event, which was hosted and organised by the department of Geography, attracted delegates from all over the country.

Civic Culture, ‘Environmentalism’ and Pollution in South Durban: The Case of the Wentworth Refinery

This paper forms part of my attempt to historicize pollution associated with oil refining in south Durban by analyzing histories of pollution experiences, environmental regulation, pollution abatement and civic protests in the area.


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