Foundations of African Society (History Honours course 2007)

Welcome to The History Around Us – 2014 Archives Workshop!

You can access the most important source materials below. Workshop participants have hard copy versions of two of them (PROGRAMME and “The Story of Matshana”) – but in today’s archival climate digitized material is necessary. The slides from the Workshop presentation (HISTORY AROUND US) used in the Workshop contain the most important documents.

All documents are PDFs click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Jeff Guy's Projects

Professor Jeff Guy is a Research Fellow at the Campbell Collections of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Since 2007 he has invoved with Tradition, Authority and Power (TAP) - a research project led by Jeff Guy and run from the Campbell Collections.

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Foundations of African Society (History Honours Course 2007)

Jeff Guy is currently lecturing this History Honours course (HIST704HC) at UKZN.
Course description:
The Press, the Heritage and Tourism industry, and uncritical nationalism enthusiastically promote the idea of South Africa generally and the World Heritage Site at Sterkfontein in particular as 'The Cradle of Humankind'. This course uses evidence from microbiology, linguistics, archaeology and history to get beyond the hype. By firmly situating our study of race, evolution, genetics, technology and art within a time scale of millions rather than hundreds of years, we examine critically different ideas on African origins. In the process, we confront that urgent and controversial contemporary question, 'What is African?'


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