In the past, few protests have spilt over onto the freeway and disrupted traffic. Now, the busy city-Mdantsane connection is blockaded regularly with burning tyres and stones scattered by shack dwellers.
Why is Duncan Village in flames again, and what are the reasons behind the anger of shack dwellers, in particular? In 2011 I published Home Spaces, Street Styles, a book exploring the cultural history and politics of this extraordinary Eastern Cape township. Duncan Village is more than a century old and has produced some leading black cultural, intellectual and political figures, not only in the region but the country.
Leslie Bank is director and professor of the Fort Hare Institute of Social and Economic Research
Combining a rich ethnography with social and political history, this book examines 300 years of social conflict over land in the frontier-like Sundays River Valley, the scene of multiple displacements and the location of the extended Addo Elephant National Park.Conserved Spaces, Ancestral Places tells how the historical relationships among farm workers, owners and conservationists have produced a dynamic, uniquely hybrid zone.The subtle and deep reading of the agrarian and environmental history of the Sundays River Valley presented here carries important implications for policy and practice related to conservation of protected areas in South Africa and relates it to international thought. 'A carefully researched work that crosses the boundaries between agrarian studies and political ecology and makes unique contributions to the ethnography of the Eastern Cape and southern Africa more broadly. It problematizes notions of displacement, particularly in relation to protected areas.'
— Derick Fay, Associate professor of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside
The Fort hare Insitute for Social and Economic Research (FHISER) has has been awarded the ford foundation research grant to explore City-Campus-Region relationships, and how these contribute to the socio-economic development of South African cities, and whether South African universities can be catalysts of development, economic growth and innovation in city building and regional development.
CONFERENCE NOTICE AND CALL FOR PAPERS
Hosted and organized by Fort Hare Institute for Social and Economic Research (FHISER), Unit for Economic
Development and Tourism (UFEDT) and School of Economics, Development and Tourism, NMMU
PURPOSE OF CONFERENCE
This conference aims to attract and showcase current and emerging research work on the restructuring of rural and urban regions in the Eastern Cape, the relationships between these regions and centres, and the development policy and planning implications of such work. The key assumption that underpins this endeavour is that the current economic and social situation in the Eastern Cape is unsustainable and requires critical reflection and there is possibly even the need for paradigm shift to allow the province to move forward and meet the challenges that face it.
Inside African Anthropology: Monica Wilson and her Interpreters -Edited by Andrew Bank & Leslie J. Bank
This book offers rare insights into the making of southern African anthropology through an analysis of the life and work of Monica Hunter Wilson, South Africa's most distinguished anthropologist of the 20th century. Drawing on a massive personal archive, this biography of Hunter Wilson's life and work explores her main fieldwork and intellectual projects in southern Africa between the 1920s and the 1960s. The main focus of the book is on her fieldwork projects and the role of her interpreters, associates and collaborators in the production of anthropological knowledge. The book also provides a detailed account of the central role of the University of Fort Hare as a site for anthropological knowledge production in southern Africa in the 1940s. Read More
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