South African University history: a historiographical overview (English)

In: African Historical Review   ;  48 ,  1  ;  56-82  ;  2016

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University history has traditionally been the domain of the commemorative publication which presented institutions in a very favourable light, full of the boasts of growth and achievement. In considering university histories, it is useful to examine this traditional approach as well as more recent scholarly developments in the study of the history of institutions of higher learning internationally. In South Africa, most universities have some form of published history, although these vary greatly in scope, depth and critical approach. This article briefly considers volumes produced on South African universities and their past in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Trends and approaches evident in this wide variety of publications are highlighted. Questions such as the choice of moments of origin and commemoration, the effect of Apartheid on the retelling of the past and the use of either an autobiographical or a collaborative approach are considered. The comparative lack of histories of former ‘non-white’ universities is also explored, while the predominance of interest in matters of institutional identity in the post-Apartheid context is highlighted.

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The University of South Africa (Unisa) 1918–1948: the first transition, from colonial to segregationist institution
Manson, Andrew | 2016
21
‘Oxford in the bush’: the founding (and diminishing) ethos of Rhodes University
Maylam, Paul | 2016
36
The origins of university education in KwaZulu-Natal: The Natal University College 1909–19491
Guest, Bill | 2016
56
South African University history: a historiographical overview
Strydom, Bronwyn | 2016
83
Leo Fouché and history at Wits University, 1934–1942
Murray, Bruce | 2016
100
J.S. Marais, a great South African historian: a personal re-assessment
Garson, N.G. | 2016
117
Internationalisation at Stellenbosch University during the international academic boycott of the apartheid era (1948–1994)
Baumert, Stefanie / Botha, Jan | 2016
145
Whither the free South African university?
Simpson, Thula | 2016
155
Eden’s exiles: one soldier’s fight for paradise
Wessels, André | 2016
158
Iron fist from the sea: South Africa's seaborne raiders, 1978–1988
Mouton, Alex | 2016
161
Our land, our life, our future: Black South African challenges to territorial segregation 1913–1948
Morton, Fred | 2016
165
The road to democracy in South Africa, volume 6 [1990–1996], parts 1 and 2
Suttner, Raymond | 2016
169
Selling apartheid: South Africa‘s global propaganda war
John Makgala, Christian | 2016
174
Land, chiefs, mining: South Africa's North West Province since 1840
John Makgala, Christian | 2016
178
The walking Qur'an: islamic education, embodied knowledge, and history in West Africa
Haron, Muhammed | 2016
182
Die Dorslandtrek, 1874–1881
Nöthling, F.J. | 2016
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