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Forging Southern African Identities - HSY4803

Honours Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: To enable students to understand how images and identities in southern African history have been shaped or 'forged', and to make them aware that ethnicities, communities and 'nations' are not historically given and unchanging, and that the perceptions of historical figures are frequently manipulated. These processes are illustrated with case studies of the San or 'Bushmen', the life of Sara Baartman, the Xhosa cattle-killing, Shaka and the Zulu, and missionaries as cultural 'brokers'.