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1 COAS Study Abroad-South Africa 2011: Representative Thinkers July 6-7, 2011

2 We Think What We Like: Representative Figures in South African and African American Intellectual History How have thinkers and actors in African intellectual genealogies in the U.S. and South Africa positioned themselves as analysts and actors for real-time social change and transformation? Taking its conceptual frame from the famous 1970 column by-line“I write what I like” penned by Black Consciousness Movement leader Steven Bantu Biko, his theme will evoke comparative evaluation of ideas and texts from major thinkers such as Biko, Nelson Mandela, Robert Sobukwe, Oliver Tambo, Chris Hani and many others with their counterparts in other parts of the African world. Exchanges between cultural icons and thinkers such as Miriam Makeba, Gil Scott Heron, Hugh Masekela, Bob Marley and many others will extend the consideration of Pan-African cultural spheres as the context for inter-state and transnational exchanges. Texts such as Peter Abrahams The Black Experience in the 20 th Century: An Autobiography and Meditation (2001) and Frank Wilderson III’s Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid (2008) will present the opportunity to consider first-hand accounts of collaborations and contestations between representative thinkers in this context.

3 Categorizing Thinkers What are the Characteristics of an intellectual? What are the Characteristics of an intellectual? What are the conditions that foster intellectual work? What are the conditions that foster intellectual work? What is a “representative thinker?” What is a “representative thinker?” What are the conditions that foster “representative thinking?” What are the conditions that foster “representative thinking?”

4 Intellectuals as Representative Thinkers in the South African- United States Context South Africa South Africa Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela Steve Biko Steve Biko Robert Sobukwe Robert Sobukwe Mamphela Ramphele Mamphela Ramphele United States United States Ralph Bunche Ralph Bunche Stokely Carmichael [Kwame Ture] Stokely Carmichael [Kwame Ture] Randall Robinson Randall Robinson Frank Wilderson III Frank Wilderson III

5 Intellectuals as Representative Thinkers and Cultural Workers in the South African-United States Context South Africa South Africa Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela Miriam Makeba Miriam Makeba United States United States Gil Scott Heron Gil Scott Heron Stetsasonic Stetsasonic

6 Intellectual Genealogies What is a Genealogy? What is a Genealogy? How Might One Go About (Re)Constructing an Intellectual Genealogy? How Might One Go About (Re)Constructing an Intellectual Genealogy?

7 Comparative Intellectual Genealogies Creating Linkages: How are these anchoring representative thinkers Related?

8 Narrating Memories/Crafting Intellectual Genealogies

9 July 9 Research day at Mayibuye Center

10 UWC-Robben Island Mayibuye Archive Housed primarily at the University of Western Cape campus, the Mayibuye Archive, as one of the largest archives of liberation struggle materials in the country, includes unique materials (historical documents, photographs, art work, audio-visual holdings, etc) relating to the freedom struggle generally and to Robben Island and apartheid imprisonment especially. Its goal is to achieve “Mayibuye,” the Zulu word for “bringing back what was lost.”

11 Historical Papers 300 collections of personal and organizational documents reflecting the struggles for national liberation in SA; 300 collections of personal and organizational documents reflecting the struggles for national liberation in SA; Papers and publications that were banned under apartheid; Papers and publications that were banned under apartheid; Personal papers of Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Personal papers of Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Prison writings of Ahmed Kathrada; Prison writings of Ahmed Kathrada; Personal papers: Material belonging to political activists and leaders such as WH Andrews, MA Naidoo, Brian Bunting, Yusuf Dadoo, Mac Maharaj, Alex and Blanche La Guma, Govan Mbeki, Albie Sachs, Kader and Louise Asmal, Wolfie Kodesh, Reg September, Dulcie Hartwell and Neville Naidoo. Personal papers: Material belonging to political activists and leaders such as WH Andrews, MA Naidoo, Brian Bunting, Yusuf Dadoo, Mac Maharaj, Alex and Blanche La Guma, Govan Mbeki, Albie Sachs, Kader and Louise Asmal, Wolfie Kodesh, Reg September, Dulcie Hartwell and Neville Naidoo. Organizational documents: ANC; South African Congress of Trade Unions; South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union; Women’s National Coalition; Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement; Dutch Anti-Apartheid Movement; Afro-Asian Solidarity Committee; South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee; Film and Allied Workers Organization; United Women’s Congress; Legal and Research Depts of the IADF (International Defense and Aid Fund) Organizational documents: ANC; South African Congress of Trade Unions; South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union; Women’s National Coalition; Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement; Dutch Anti-Apartheid Movement; Afro-Asian Solidarity Committee; South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee; Film and Allied Workers Organization; United Women’s Congress; Legal and Research Depts of the IADF (International Defense and Aid Fund)

12 Photographic Archive The Photographic Archive documents South African life under apartheid and resistance to it from the 1ate 1940s until 1990.The subjects covered include history of apartheid, images of apartheid, liberation movements, forced removals and resettlement,repression,political prisoners,trials,labour and trade unions, women,culture,education,armed struggle,personalities. The Photographic Archive documents South African life under apartheid and resistance to it from the 1ate 1940s until 1990.The subjects covered include history of apartheid, images of apartheid, liberation movements, forced removals and resettlement,repression,political prisoners,trials,labour and trade unions, women,culture,education,armed struggle,personalities. The Eli Weinberg documents the struggle against apartheid from the 1940s to the 1970s.Almost 2 000 negatives cover all the major events, campaigns and personalities of this period. The Eli Weinberg documents the struggle against apartheid from the 1940s to the 1970s.Almost 2 000 negatives cover all the major events, campaigns and personalities of this period.Eli WeinbergEli Weinberg The Leon Levson collection gives unusual insight into African rural and urban life in this period. The Leon Levson collection gives unusual insight into African rural and urban life in this period.Leon LevsonLeon Levson The PA includes a history and campaigns of the African National Congress and the broad liberation movement from the 1920s to the present. The PA includes a history and campaigns of the African National Congress and the broad liberation movement from the 1920s to the present. It also includes extensive material on the mass mobilisation and uprisings of the 1980s as well as the international campaigns against apartheid, including the collections of the South and Grassroots newspapers. It also includes extensive material on the mass mobilisation and uprisings of the 1980s as well as the international campaigns against apartheid, including the collections of the South and Grassroots newspapers.

13 Audio-Visual Archive Included in the sound and oral history collections: Interviews with many South African ex-political prisoners and political exiles. Interviews with many South African ex-political prisoners and political exiles. Major meetings, rallies, briefings, press conferences of the Southern African liberation movements and allied support groups. Major meetings, rallies, briefings, press conferences of the Southern African liberation movements and allied support groups. Lectures such as the annual Canon Collins Memorial Lecture Series delivered by, among others, Oliver Tambo and Govan Mbeki. Lectures such as the annual Canon Collins Memorial Lecture Series delivered by, among others, Oliver Tambo and Govan Mbeki. Tapes of historic importance, such as Chief Albert Luthuli’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, an interview with Nelson Mandela recorded in 1961, and interviews with those who took part in the 1955 Congress of the People and were later charged in the 1956 Treason Trial. Tapes of historic importance, such as Chief Albert Luthuli’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, an interview with Nelson Mandela recorded in 1961, and interviews with those who took part in the 1955 Congress of the People and were later charged in the 1956 Treason Trial. “Other components” (feature films, documentaries, etc)… “Other components” (feature films, documentaries, etc)…

14 Art, Artifacts, Posters, & Banners Art works Art works The Albie Sachs Collection of Mozambican Art The Albie Sachs Collection of Mozambican Art The Abe Berry Cartoon Collection The Abe Berry Cartoon CollectionAbe Berry CartoonAbe Berry Cartoon Art Against Apartheid Art Against Apartheid Artefacts Artefacts A collection of artefacts, which inlcudesT-shirts, signs, badges etc, tell the story of apartheid and the mass resistance inside South Africa, as well as the campaigns of Anti-Apartheid Movements in countries ranging from Japan to Spain and Argentina. A collection of artefacts, which inlcudesT-shirts, signs, badges etc, tell the story of apartheid and the mass resistance inside South Africa, as well as the campaigns of Anti-Apartheid Movements in countries ranging from Japan to Spain and Argentina.T-shirtssignsbadgesT-shirtssignsbadges Apple Box Archives Apple Box Archives Posters Posters Posters of grass roots campaigns and cultural events abroad Posters of grass roots campaigns and cultural events abroad Banners Banners Banners and murals (including those displayed at the 49 th ANC annual conference in Durban in 1991) Banners and murals (including those displayed at the 49 th ANC annual conference in Durban in 1991)


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