Browsing Category Anthropology & Cultural Studies

Adhikari (M.) ed. BURDENED BY RACE, coloured identities in southern africa
240 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2009. OUT OF PRINT
Contributions include "From Narratives of Miscegenation to Post-Modernist Re-Imagining: towards a historiography of coloured identity in South Africa" by Mohamed Adhikari,
"Trauma and Memory: the impact of apartheid-era forced removals on coloured identity in Cape Town" by Henry Trotter,
"Collaboration, Assimilation and Contestation: emerging constructions of coloured identity in post-apartheid South Africa" by Michele Ruiters,
"'We are the original inhabitants of this land': Khoe-San identity in post-apartheid South Africa" by Michael Besten,
"Race, Ethnicity and the Politics of Positioning: the making of coloured identity in colonial Zimbabwe, 1890-1980" by James Muzondidya, and
"Absent White Fathers: coloured identity in Zambia" by Juliette Milner-Thornton.

Mohamed Adhikari teaches in the Historical Studies Department at the University of Cape Town. He is also the author of "'Let us Live for Our Children'": the Teacher's League of South Africa, 1913-1940" and "Not White Enough, Not Black Enough: racial identity in South Africa's coloured community".
Adjabe (N.) & Pieterse (E.) eds. AFRICAN CITIES READER,
255 pp., b/w & colour illlus., paperback, Cape Town, 2010. OUT OF PRINT
A volume published by Chimurenga and the African Centre for Cities that seeks to offer "a wide-ranging ensemble of genres, perspectives, and forms of representation that provide crucial glimpses into how African identities and spatialities are being crafted at a moment when both urban theory and policy is experiencing its worst existential crisis." from the preface.

Includes essays, fiction, poetry and photographs.

Contributions include "Blood Money: a Joburg chronicle" by Valentine Cascarino,
"Dagga, an extract" by Rustum Kozain,
"Closer Than This, extracts from an open source book for urban planners" by Karen Press,
"Terror and the City" by Ashraf Jamal,
"Three Poems" by Gabeba Baderoon,
"Of Tamarind & Cosmopolitanism" by Nuruddin Farah, and
"Planning for Chaos, urban regeneration and the struggle to formalise trolley-pushing activity in downtown Johannesburg" by Ismail Farouk.
Baderoon (G.) REGARDING MUSLIMS, from slavery to post-apartheid
207 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R355
Gabeba Baderoon explores the 350-year archive of images documenting Muslims in South Africa and analyses how these images reveal the contributions Muslims have brought to the South African narratives of colonialism, apartheid and post-apartheid.

"Drawing on the by now extensive scholarship on slavery at the Cape, Gabeba Baderoon guides us through the labyrinth of racial and cultural stereotyping which for centuries minimised Islam and obscured Muslims as actors in South African history. Intellecutally sophisticated in its explorations of material culture, iconography, and of media rhetoric, yet lively in style and engagingly personal in presentation, 'Regarding Muslims' is a welcome contribution to the revisionist project under way in South Africa." J.M.Coetzee

"This is the book we have all been waiting for - Baderoon mainstreams Islam in South African cultural history and produces a dazzling array of re-readings and re-alignments. This deeply original book inserts Islamicate intellectual traditions back into South African public life and makes us re-envision both. Written with the lucidity and imagination of a poet, this book helps us appreciate the multiple inheritances of South Africa and the intellectual riches that result from taking these seriously." Isabel Hofmeyr, Professor of African Literature, University of Witwatersrand and Visiting Global Distinguished Professor, New York University

Poet and academic Gabeba Baderoon is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and African Studies at Pennsylvania State University and an Extraordinary Professor of English at Stellenbosch University.
Bank (A.) PIONEERS OF THE FIELD, South Africa's women anthropologists
319pp., illus., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2016. R385
Originally published in the UK in 2016.

Andrew Bank traces the personal and intellectual histories of six women anthropologists: Winifred Tucker Hoernlé, Monica Hunter Wilson, Ellen Hellmann, Audrey Richards, Hilda Beemer Kuper and Eileen Jensen Krige.

"...a major contribution to intellectual history in a volume that recognizes the role played by six women anthropologists who were major contributors to the creation of a distinctive South African voice in anthropology." Elizabeth Colson, University of California, Berkeley

"Andre Bank's insightful scholarship provides a much-needed revision not only to the history of South African anthropology, but also to the history of socio-cultural anthropology in general." Nancy Lutkehaus, University of Southern California

Andrew Bank is Associate Professor and head of the History Department at the University of the Western Cape. He has been commissioning editor of the journal, "Kronos: southern African histories" since 2001.
Bank (A.) & Bank (L.J.) eds. INSIDE AFRICAN ANTHROPOLOGY, Monica Wilson and her interpreters
354 pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, Cambridge & New York, (2013) 2014. R290
A biography of South African anthropologist, Monica Wilson.

"This book is among the best written volumes I have read. It uncovers an 'unofficial' history of anthropology from South Africa. The most important relationships are between Monica and Godfrey Wilson and the black South Africans, Zambians and Tanganyikans who engaged with them as informants, interpreters and clerks, but also as culture brokers, patrons and intellectuals. A study of lived relationships, 'Inside African Anthropology' reveals the heterogeneity and negotiation in intellectual work." Nancy Jacobs, Brown University

"Combining critical intellectual history with biography, the chapters that make up this fascinating book remind us again that social anthropological scholarship has always been a 'co-production', no more so than in South Africa during the period of apartheid. Unusually, among her peers, Monica Wilson always acknowledges this fact - it was intrinsic to her life's work as a scholar and dedicated teacher." Megan Vaughan, Cambridge Univeristy

Contributions include:
"The 'Intimate Politics' of Fieldwork: Monica Hunter and her African assistants, Pondoland and the Eastern Cape, 1931–2" by Andrew Bank
"Witchcraft and the academy: Livingstone Mqotsi, Monica Wilson, and the Middledrift healers, 1945–57" by Leslie J. Bank
"Pondo pins and Nyakyusa Hammers: Monica and Godfrey in Bunyakyusa" by Rebecca Marsland
"'Your intellectual son': Monica Wilson and her students at Fort Hare, 1944–6" by Seán Morrow
"'Part of one whole': anthropology and history in the work of Monica Wilson" by Seán Morrow and Christopher Saunders
"Gleanings and leavings: encounters in hindsight" by Pamela Reynolds

Andrew Bank is Associate Professor and head of the History Department at the University of the Western Cape. He has been commissioning editor of the journal, "Kronos: southern African histories" since 2001.
Leslie Bank is Professor of Social Anthropology and Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Fort Hare. He is the author of "Home Spaces, Street Styles: contesting power and identity in a South African city".
Bank (A.) ed. KRONOS 32, journal of Cape history, November 2006
287 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2006. R190
Kronos is published annually by the Department of History and the Centre for Humanities Research of the University of the Western Cape.

Articles include "Confronting Horror: Emily Hobhouse and the concentration camp photographs of the South African War" by Michael Godby,
"Anthropology and Fieldwork Photography: Dorothea Bleek's expedition to the northern Cape and the Kalahari, July to December 1911" by Andrew Bank,
"'The Africa I Know': film and the making of 'Bushmen' in Lauren van der Post's Lost World of the Kalahari (1956)" by Lauren van Vuuren,
"Eventless History at the End of Apartheid: the making of the 1988 Dias Festivl" by Leslie Witz",
and "Inside and Outside: Mikhael Subotzky in conversation with Michael Godby", as well a selection of Subotzky's photographs of prisoners and ex-prisoners.
Boswell (R.) & Nyamnjoh (F.) eds POSTCOLONIAL AFRICAN ANTHROPOLOGIES,
222pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R350
A selection of essays that critically discuss anthropology's engagement with decolonisation and postcolonialism.

Contributions include:
"Men, Women, Temporality and Critical Ethnography in Africa - the imperative for a transdisciplinary conversation" by Elaine Salo
"Humanising the Congolese 'Other': love, research and reflexivity in Muizenberg, South Africa" by Joy Owen
"Mapping Journeys Through Landscape: phenomenological explorations of environment amongst rural AIDS orphans" by Patricia Henderson
"Research, Knowledge and Power: a case study of interaction between an anthropologist and a 'community' over three decades" by Chris de Wet.
Brink (Y.) THEY CAME TO STAY, discovering meaning in the 18th century Cape country dwelling
220 pp., illus., paperback, Stellenbosch, 2008. R320
Archaeologist Yvonne Brink seeks to understand more about the Dutch peasants who built the colonial farmsteads in the Cape winelands in the later eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and why this style of architecture emerged only at the Cape and not in Dutch colonies in other parts of the world.
Bruinders (S.) PARADING RESPECTABILITY, the cultural and moral aesthetics of the Christmas Bands Movement in the Western Cape, South Africa
205pp., illus., map, paperback, Grahamstown, 2017. R260
Sylvia Bruinders draws on her own background as well as her experience of being a band member to present a social history of the Western Cape Coloured communities' centuries-old practice of ushering in Christmas through music.

"This book will fill a gap in existing scholarship. It has relevance to the humanities in Africa in general in its attention to the impact of colonialism and the attendant marginalization of this population group to the point that this tradition emerged as a vehicle to establish a semblance of 'respectability' in reactions to a negative stereotype." Diane Thram, International Library of African Music, Rhodes University

Sylvia Bruinders is a senior lecturer and Head of Ethnomusicology and African Music at the University of Cape Town. A former Fulbright scholar, her dissertation on the Christmas Bands Movement in the Western Cape received the Nicholas Temperley Award for Excellence in a Dissertation in Musicology at the University of Urbana-Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Byala (S.) A PLACE THAT MATTERS YET, John Gubbins's MuseumAfrica in the postcolonial world
330pp., illus., paperback, Chicago, 2013. R695
Sara Byala traces the history of MuseumAfrica in Johannesburg. The museum, formerly known as the Africana Museumn, was established in 1933, when the Johannesburg Public Library bought a large quantity of African material culture and books from John Gaspard Gubbins. The museum's scope widened to include all aspects of African cultural history and material culture. In 1994 the museum was refurbished and renamed Museum Africa.

"Sara Byala has given us a meticulously detailed and researched account of the history and transformation of a single institution: MuseumAfrica. In so doing she reminds the reader of the value of micro-history as a tool for comprehending the broader issues raised by museological developments in South Africa today." Annie Coombes, University of London

Historian Sara Byala is Senior Writing Fellow in the Center for Progress in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsylvania.
Cane (J.) CIVILISING GRASS, the art of the lawn on the South African Highveld
233pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R450
"This lively, witty text explores the history and meaning of the lawn, social and cultural expressions of land ownership, and such value-laden notions as race and respectability." Ivan Vladislavic, author of The Distance and Double Negative

"An audacious account of the 'banal brutality' of colonial and apartheid lawn subjects and subjectivities in South Africa. Writing against the lawn's archival grain of heteropatriarchy, the author reveals multiple visual and textual landscapes of power, labour, and longings for green." Pamila Gupta, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) and author of Portuguese Decolonization in the Indian Ocean World

Jonathan Cane is an art historian at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Carpenter (N.) & Lawrance (B.) eds. AFRICANS IN EXILE, mobility, law and identity
337pp., illus., maps, paperback, Bloomington, 2018. R630
“Rather than a rare punishment inflicted on dissident elites, exile is revealed in this important volume as one of the defining features of African history since the colonial era. In their deeply researched and thematically linked essays, contributors present instances of exile from around the continent that illustrate the ambitions and limits of state power, extra-territorial strategies of resistance, and the capacity of relocation to spur both suffering and creativity. Africans in Exile masterfully enriches our understanding of two key themes in African history, mobility and community, and their salience for politics and individual experience over the past century and into the present.” Lisa Lindsay, author of Atlantic Bonds: A Nineteenth Century Odyssey from America to Africa

Contributions include:
"In the City of Waiting: education and Mozambican liberation exiles in Dar es Salaam" by Joanna Tague
"A Cold War Geography: South African anti-apartheid refuge and exile in London, 1945-1994" by Susan Pennybacker.

Nathan Carpenter directs the Center for Global Education at Northhampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA.
Benjamin Lawrance is Conable Endowed Chair of International and Global Studies in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at RIT in Rochester, NY.
Chance (K.) LIVING POLITICS IN SOUTH AFRICA'S URBAN SHACKLANDS,
184pp., illus., maps, paperback, Chicago & London, 2018. R680
"Tracking everyday practices and interactions between poor residents and state agents in South Africa’s shack settlements, Chance investigates the rise of nationwide protests since the late 1990s. Based on ethnography in Durban, Cape Town, and Johannesburg, the book analyzes the criminalization of popular forms of politics that were foundational to South Africa’s celebrated democratic transition." from the back cover

"In this moving and thoughtful ethnography, Chance describes the efforts of South Africa's urban poor to claim their share of the fruits of South Africa's democratic transition, even as inequality deepens. Deftly mobilizing elemental metaphors, she shows readers how material conditions and tactics of insurrection - some of them reborn from the ashes of the anti-apartheid struggle - come together as shack dwellers attempt to reshape political life. Her account of fire, water, air, and earth - as material facts, potent signifiers, objects of desire, and media of conflict - is essential reading for everyone interested in contemporary South Africa. It will be of equal interest to all who are concerned with the forms of oppositional politics in the neoliberal era." Rosalind Morris, Columbia University

Kerry Ryan Chance is Associate Professor at the University of Bergen and non-resident fellow at Harvard University.
Chirikure (S.) et al MAPUNGUBWE RECONSIDERED, a living legacy, exploring beyond the rise and decline of the Mapungubwe state
151pp., b/w & colour illus., map, paperback , Johannesburg, 2015. R250
This is a combined edition of two previous publications, "Mapungubwe, a living legacy" and "Mapungubwe Reconsidered: exploring beyond the rise and decline of the Mapungubwe state".

Mapungubwe is one of the most important Iron Age sites in southern Africa and was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2003.
Coetzee (C.) WRITTEN UNDER THE SKIN, blood and intergenerational memory in South Africa
176pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2019. R350
FIrst published in the UK in 2019.

Carli Coetzee argues that "the younger generation of South Africans is developing important and innovative ways of understanding South African pasts, and that challenge the narratives that have over the last decades been informed by notions of forgiveness and reconciliation." from the back cover

"Carli Coetzee has made a name for herself by showing – not telling – her readers what reconciliation after apartheid should mean. It should mean nudging South Africans away from the dangerous assumptions that negotiating the past means leaving unchallenged old patterns of privilege, that the work of translation should always benefit English and its primary speakers, and, in her latest book, that skin-deep is sufficient depth for reckoning with the past. Written under the Skin is about blood and South Africa’s bloody past. It is also about the transfusion of memory across generations. The book challenges the discourse of newness that has marked South Africa since the formal end of apartheid in 1994, by showing the violence done and masked by such a discourse. Written under the Skin calls for new ways of reading South African history. It proposes protocols of care – cautious, ethical, vigilant – to guide these new ways of reading. There is in this book a moral urgency and an ethical injunction that demand our attention. We dare not ignore this book." Jacob Dlamini, Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University

Carli Coetzee is Editor of the Journal of African Cultural Studies. Her publications include Accented Futures: language activism and the ending of apartheid and the edited collection Afropolitanism: reboot. She co-edited Negotiating the Past: the making of memory in South Africa with Sarah Nuttall.
Coetzee (R.) A FEAST FROM NATURE, !garob=un, food culture of the first humans on planet earth
232pp., oblong 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, Hermanus, 2015. R575
Renate Coetzee documents what the San hunter-gatherers and the Khoi-Khoin pastoral herders ate and how they prepared what they ate.

Preface by Himla Soodyall. Foreword by Mark Solms.

First South African publication printed on stone paper, made from construction waste and/or stone, without using water or cellulose.

Renate Coetzee is also the author of "South African Culinary Tradition", "Funa, food from Africa", and "Kukumakranka - Khoi-Khoin culture, customs and creative cooking".
Comaroff (J.) & (J.) THE TRUTH ABOUT CRIME, sovereignty, knowledge, social order
347pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2017. R380
First published in the USA in 2016.

"'The Truth about Crime' is replete with original insights. Reflecting on the disproportionate relationship between fear and actual danger in a number of major countries, Jean and John Comaroff explain why criminality, although far from matching many other potential sources of public peril, elicits much more civic outrage. We learn how changes in the meaning of criminality and the nature of crime-and-policing are associated with the recent shift in the relationship between capital, governance, and the state. We also learn how these developments in both the United States and the Republic of South Africa have resulted in steps taken to discipline or control certain groups defined or viewed as threatening. This is a compelling book, a must-read for scholars and laypersons alike." William Julius Wilson, author of "The Truly Disadvantaged"

"The Comaroffs’ constant articulation of sparkling ethnographic vignettes, rich statistical data, and highly imaginative insights makes for a truly effervescent argumentation, creative and, at the same time, thoroughly documented. With this combination they offer a powerful book that newly addresses a theme that is becoming central all over the world: our increasing obsession with (in)security." Peter Geschiere, author of "Witchcraft, Intimacy, and Trust"

Jean Comaroff is the Alfred North Whitehead Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology and an Oppenheimer Fellow in African Studies at Harvard University.
John L. Comaroff is the Harold W. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago and a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. Together they have co-authored and co-edited numerous books, including "Of Revelation and Revolution", volumes 1 and 2, "Ethnography and the Historical Imagination", and "Law and Disorder in the Postcolony".
Comaroff (J.) & (J.) THEORY FROM THE SOUTH, how Euro-America is evolving toward Africa
222pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Stellenbosch, 2014. R410
First published in the USA in 2011.

Jean and John Comaroff explore how we might understand and explain democracy, law, national borders, labour and capital, religion and the occult, liberalism and multiculturalism, and several other issues, with theory developed in the Global South.

John Comaroff is currently the Hugh K. Foster Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology at Harvard University, where he is also Oppenheimer Research Fellow in African Studies. He is also an Affiliated Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation and Honorary Professor of Anthropology at the University of Cape Town.
Jean Comaroff is currently the Alfred North Whitehead Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology at Harvard University. She is also Honorary Professor of Anthropology at the University of Cape Town.
Coplan (D.B.) IN TOWNSHIP TONIGHT!, three centuries of South African black city music and theatre
455 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Second Edition, Johannesburg, (1985) 2007. R275
A completely revised, expanded and updated edition of David Coplan's social history of black South Africa's city music, dance and theatre.

David Coplan is professor in and chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is the author of "Lyrics of the Basotho Migrants" and "In the Time of Cannibals: word music of South Africa's Basotho Migrants".
Dahlqvist (A.) IT'S ONLY BLOOD, shattering the taboo of menstruation, translated by Alice E. Olsson
245pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2018. R320
First published in 2016 in Sweden as "Bara Lite Blod: ett reportage om mens och makt". First published in English in 2018 in the UK.

"Only when we call out the unnecessary shame and stigma that surrounds periods can we demand meaningful change. Dahlqvist's deft, compassionate storytelling, and her critical global perspective, are a tremendous contribution." Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, author of Periods Gone Public: taking a stand for menstrual equity"

"A lushly detailed and often intimate portrait of a global social movement. What's more, Dalhqvist's perceptive account reveals the insidious power of stigma to limit lives." Chris Bobel, author of "New Blood: third-wave feminism and the politics of menstruation"

Anna Dahlqvist is a journalist specialising in gender, sexuality and human rights.She is editor-in-chief of "Ottar", a Swedish magazine focusing on sexual politics.
de Graaff (B.) WARE MENSE,
158pp., colour illus., maps, hardback, d.w., First Afrikaans Language Edition, Pretoria, 2017. R250
Originally published in 2016 in Dutch as "Ik, Yzerbek". Translated by Daniel Hugo.

Bart de Graaff is a Dutch historian and journalist with an interest in South African politics and history. In 2015 and 2016 he travelled around southern Africa interviewing people, wanting to know more about the Khoi Khoi, the "original people". He tells some of their stories in his book.
de Jongh (M.) A FORGOTTEN FIRST PEOPLE, the southern Cape Hessequa
123pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, (Cape Town), 2016. R375
The Hessequa, a "Khoekhoe community", pastured their cattle along the south-east Cape coast before the Europeans arrived.

Anthropologist Michael de Jongh is also the author of "Roots and Routes: the karretjie people of the Great Karoo" (winner of the Hiddingh-Currie Award for academic excellence and contrbution to society).
de Jongh (M.) ROOTS AND ROUTES, Karretjie People of the Great Karoo, the marginalisation of a South African First People
221 pp., 4to., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2012. R320
A study of the "Karretjie People" (Donkey Cart People), direct descendants of the /Xam (San/Bushmen), the earliest inhabitants of the Karoo interior. Itinerant sheep-shearers, this marginalised community roam the Karoo in their donkey carts in search of work, sleeping over on the roadside in make-shift overnight shelters.

Anthropologist Michael de Jongh is Professor Emeritus at the University of South Africa (UNISA).
de Prada-Samper (J.) comp & ed THE MAN WHO CURSED THE WIND/ DIE MAN WAT DIE WIND VERVLOEK HET, and other stories from the Karoo/ en ander stories van die Karoo
352pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R475
Translations by Jaline de Villiers, Philip John, Sanet Lombard, Izak Meyer and Willemien van der Walt.

A selection of tales gathered in Afrikaans from present-day Karoo storytellers, presented here in English. Such tales were first documented among /Xam hunter-gatherers in the 1870s by Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd.

"A real milestone. A terrific achievement." John Parkington, author of "Shorelines, Strandlopers and Shell Middens" and co-author of "First People, ancestors of the San"

"This is a treasure of tales thought long-forgotten, but found to be alive and well among Karoo storytellers." Don Pinnock

"A revelation, with far-reaching implications for the way the literature, culture and history of the region are understood." Michael Anthony Wessels, University of the Western Cape and author of "Bushman Letters"

José Manuel de Prada-Samper is a Spanish folkorist and translator. Currently he is a research associate in the Department of Archaeology, University of Cape Town. He lives in Barcelona.
Delius (P.), Maggs (T.) & Schoeman (A.) VERGETE WÉRELD, die klipmuurnedersettings van die Mpumalanga-platorand
157pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, First Afrikaans Language Edition, Johannesburg, 2017. R350
This history of the ruined settlements in Mpumalanga, also known as Bokoni, the country of the Koni people, was first published in English in 2014.

Between Ohrigstad and Carolina, over 10 000 square kilometres of the escarpment are connected into a complex web of stone-walled homesteads, terraced fields and linking roads. The archaeological and historical research presented here demonstrates "that these settlements were at their peak between 1500 and 1820, that they housed a substantial population, organised vast amounts of labour for infrastructural development and displayed extraordinary levels of agricultural innovation and productivity", and that the Koni were part of a trading system linked to the coast of Mozambique and the world of Indian Ocean trade.

Also available in Sepedi and English.

Peter Delius is Professor of History at the University of the Witwatersrand. His latest books include "Mpumalanga: history and heritage" and "Mpumalanga, an illustrated history", both with Michael Hay, and "A Long Way Home: migrant worker worlds 1800-2014", co-edited with Laura Phillips and Fiona Rankin-Smith.
In the 1960s archaeologist Tim Maggs did pioneering research on the precolonial black farming communities in the Free State. Retired to the Western Cape, he continues to cooperate in research projects on the Later Stone Age and early farming communities in the Western Cape, North West and especially Mpumalanga.
Alex Schoeman is a senior lecturer in archaeology at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Delius (P.), Maggs (T.) & Schoeman (A.) FORGOTTEN WORLD, the stone-walled settlements of the Mpumalanga escarpment
157pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Johannesburg, (2014) 2016. R320
The history of the ruined settlements in Mpumalang known as Bokoni, the country of the Koni people.

Between Ohrigstad and Carolina, over 10 000 square kilometres of the escarpment are connected into a complex web of stone-walled homesteads, terraced fields and linking roads. The archaeological and historical research presented in "Forgotten World" demonstrates "that these settlements were at their peak between 1500 and 1820, that they housed a substantial population, organised vast amounts of labour for infrastructural development and displayed extraordinary levels of agricultural innovation and productivity" (from the back cover), and that the Koni were part of a trading system linked to the coast of Mozambique and the world of Indian Ocean trade.

Also available in Afrikaans and Sepedi.

Peter Delius is Professor of History at the University of the Witwatersrand. His latest books include "Mpumalanga: history and heritage" and "Mpumalanga, an illustrated history", both with Michael Hay, and "A Long Way Home: migrant worker worlds 1800-2014", co-edited with Laura Phillips and Fiona Rankin-Smith.
In the 1960s archaeologist Tim Maggs did pioneering research on the precolonial black farming communities in the Free State. Retired to the Western Cape, he continues to cooperate in research projects on the Later Stone Age and early farming communities in the Western Cape, North West and especially Mpumalanga.
Alex Schoeman is a senior lecturer in archaeology at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Delmas (A.) & Penn (N.) eds. WRITTEN CULTURE IN A COLONIAL CONTEXT, Africa and the Americas, 1500-1900
364 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2011. R352
A collection of essays that focuses on writing during the colonial period in Africa and the Americas.

Contributions include:
"From Travelling to History: an outline of the VOC writing system during the 17th century" by Adrien Delmas,
"Written Culture and the Cape Khoikhoi: from travel writing to Kolb's 'Full Description'" by Nigel Penn,
"Nothing New Under the Sun: anatomy of a literary-historical polemic in colonial Cape Town circa 1880-1910" by Peter Merrington,
"To My Dear Minister: official letters of African Wesleyan evangelists in the late 19th century Transvaal" by Lize Kriel,
"Literacy and Land at the Bay of Natal: documents and practices across spaces and social economies" by Mastin Prinsloo,
"On Not Spreading the Word: ministers of religion and written culture at the Cape of Good Hope in the 18th century" by Gerald Groenewald.

Adrien Delmas teaches history at Sciences-Po, Paris.
Nigel Penn is Associate Professor in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town. He is also the author of "Rogues, Rebels and Runaways" (1999) and "The Forgotten Frontier" (2006).
Distiller (N.) SHAKESPEARE AND THE COCONUTS, on post-apartheid South African culture
245 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2012. R250
Natasha Distiller examines historic and contemporary uses of Shakespeare in South African education and culture. She discusses the work of Can Themba, Bloke Modisane, Antony Sher, Stephen Francis, Rico Schacherl and Kopano Matlwa, amongst others, and includes the popular media and school textbooks.

"Natasha Distiller, of all scholars working on 'Shakespeare' and South Africa, asks the most interesting questions. She pushes us to think about our relationships not only to the oeuvre of a Renaissance poet-playwright, but to race, discourses of authenticity, national identifications, pedagogy, the institutions of literature in the country, and the place of South Africa in the global mediascape." Andrew van der Vlies, Queen Mary, University of London

"Distiller examines Shakespeare's place in South Africa's education and culture without universalising the contradictory forces that have made that position controversial and is thus able to provide both a fascinating account of current South African culture and a precise analytical model with which to challenge the concept of a single 'global' or 'post-colonial' Shakespeare." Kate McLuskie, Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies, The Shakespeare Institute

Natasha Distiller is a writer and academic. She was, until recently, Associate Professor of English and Chief Research Officer of the Institute for the Humanities in Africa (HUMA) at the University of Cape Town.
Dubin (S.C.) SPEARHEADING DEBATE, culture wars & uneasy truces
329 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2012. R240
A collection of essays in which Steven Dubin analyses a range of controversies regarding race and ethnicity, sexuality, religion, and national identity, from Brett Murray's "The Spear" painting, to same-sex marriage, to the "De la Rey" and "Umshini Wam" songs.

Steven Dubin is Professor of Arts Administration at Columbia University in New York and Associate, Research Centre, Visual Identities in Art and Design, University of Johannesburg.
Dugmore (H.) & van Wyk (B-E.) MUTHI AND MYTHS, from the African bush
128 pp., colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2008. R199
Fifty-two accounts of the use of traditional medicine (muthi) in Africa. Many of these stories have been inherited through oral tradition and are written down here for the first time. The plants covered include Leopard Orchid, Baobab, Bitter Aloe, Marula, Wild Dagga, Sugarbush, Ghaap, Pennywort, Kalahari Fever Bush, African Potato, Devil's Claw, Rooibos, Cancer Bush, Hibiscus, Honeybush, Wild Ginger and Wild Olive.

Ben-Erik van Wyk is Professor of Botany at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Journalist and writer Heather Dugmore is also the author of "Big Cats of Mala Mala".
Duncan (P.) SOTHO LAWS AND CUSTOMS, a handbook based on decided cases in Basutoland together with the laws of Lerotholi
169 pp., hardback, d.w., Facsmilie Reprint, Morija, (1960) 2006. OUT OF PRINT
Facsimile reprint of the original 1960 edition, with a new foreword by W.C.M.Maqutu.

From 1950 to 1952 Patrick Duncan presided as Judicial Commissioner over the Appellate Court for cases of Basotho law and custom during the time when Lesotho was a British Protectorate.
Ebrahim (M.H.) THE CAPE HAJJ TRADITION, past & present
233 pp., illus., hardback, Cape Town, 2009. R177
"This wonderful piece of social history delves into the rich world of the Cape hajj. It describes in great detail the particular traditions and ceremonies before and after hajj that are associated with the Cape Town Muslim community and recalls the particular status that was given to the hajj at the Cape - a status reflected in the hajj's dress and demeanour. The author sketches a vivid picture of the main players in the local hajj industry - the travel agents, the hajj operators and the regulatory bodies - and also dutifully tracks the many changes - cultural, economic and political - that have characterized the Cape hajj experience over the three centuries." Dr Salie Abrahams, Rector, International Peace University South Africa

Mogamat Hoosain Ebrahim is a lecturer and departmental head in the Faculty of Islamic Studies at International Peace University South Africa (IPSA). He is also associated with the Jam'iya tus Sabr mosque and madrasah complex in Primrose Park, serving on its executive and heading its madarasah.
Ellert (H.) MOÇAMBIQUE MOSAIC, the material culture of Moçambique
420pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., maps, hardback, No Place, 2013. R950
This ethnography includes pottery, pipes, basketry, stools, household objects, clothing and adornments, spears, bows and arrows, swords, dancing weapons, musical instruments, and vessels for food and drink.

Henrik Ellert was born in Denmark and grew up in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He was educated in Zimbabwe, Denmark and Portugal - and now divides his time between Denmark and southern Africa. He professional experience focuses mainly on private sector development in Africa and his work takes him to most southern and east African countries.
Eloff (F.) & du Toit (K.) SACRED SPACES AND CONTESTED IDENTITIES, space and ritual dynamics in Europe and Africa
391pp., illus., maps, paperback, Trenton, 2014. R550
Contributions include:
"Sacred Space and the Ritual of the Anthill: southern African reflections" by Mogomme Masoga and Philip Nel
"The Making of Eastern Free State Pilgrimage" by Shirley du Plooy
"Economic versus Symbolic Owership of Sacred Sites in the Eastern Free State: contestations of the sacred" by Philip Nel
"Constructing 'National' Sacred Space(s) - Notes, Queries and Positions: the case of the South African Freedom Park monument" by Mogomme Masoga.

Paul Post is Professor of Ritual Studies, School of Humanities, Tilburg University, Netherlands.
Philip Nel taught at the University of the Free State from 1975 to 2009. In 2007 he established a Centre for Africa Studies at the university, where he is currently an associate researcher.
Walter van Beek is Professor of Anthropology of Religion, School of Humanities, Tilburg University, Netherlands.
Eoan History Project EOAN, our story
260 pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2013. R325
A history of the Eoan Group, a cultural organisation for the coloured community of Cape Town founded in District Six in the 1933 by Helen Southern-Holt. The group performed opera, ballet and drama and from the 1950s to the 1970s was very popular, but because of South African's racial policies, could not perform with white opera and ballet companies. The book is based on the Eoan archive housed at the University of Stellenbosch, and extensive interviews with former Eoan members.

"This is an important book that deserves to be on the bookshelf of every South African concerned about the past, present and future of the country. Its value lies not least in the multitude of voices allowed to speak from its pages, but also in that it demonstrates a powerful commitment to human potential beyond political concerns. This oral history project gives us perspectives on nearly eight decades of the Eoan group's existence, and in so doing, lets us relive their passionate struggle through a particularly troubled past in South African history." Athol Fugard
Field (S.), Meyer (R.) & Swanson (F.) eds. IMAGINING THE CITY, memories and cultures in Cape Town
240 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2007. R235
A selection of oral histories drawn from people who live and work in Cape Town researched, written and produced by the staff and students of the Centre for Popular Memory at the University of Cape Town.

Contents include "Sites of Memory in Langa" by Sean Field,
"Between Waking and Dreaming: living with urban fear, paradox and possibility" by Renate Meyer,
"'Catch with the eye': stories of Muslim food in Cape Town" by Gabeba Baderoon,
"'Julle kan ma New York toe gaan, ek bly in die Manenberg': an oral history of jazz in Cape Town from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s" by Colin Miller,
"'Die SACS kom terug': intervarsity rugby, masculinity and white identity at the University of Cape Town, 1960s-1970s" by Felicity Swanson,
"'The quickest way to move on is to go back': bomb blast survivors' narratives of trauma and recovery" by Anastasia Maw,
"Da Struggle Kontinues into the 21st Century: two decades of nation-conscious rap in Cape Town" by Ncedisa Mkonyeni, and more.

Sean Field is the Director of the Centre for Popular Memory and Senior Lecturer in the Historical Studies Department at the University of Cape Town. Both Renate Meyer And Felicity Swanson work at the Centre, Meyer as the Senior Audio-Visual Archivist and Swanson as a researcher.
Flint (K.E.) HEALING TRADITIONS, African medicine, cultural exchange, and competition in South Africa, 1820-1948
274 pp., illus., paperback, Athens & Pietermaritzburg, 2008. R265
Karen Flint examines changes in the medical, social and political role of healers in the Zulu kingdom and investigates how local ideas of health and healing changed under white rule.

Karen E. Flint is associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina.
Gordon (D.M.) & Krech (S.) INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE, and the environment in Africa and North America
335 pp., hardback, Athens, 2012. R650
A collection of essays which argue that the forms of knowledge identified as 'indigenous', rather than being "pure and primordial cultural artifacts", resulted from "strategies to control environmental resources during and after colonial encounters" from the back cover

Contributions include"
"Nation-Building Knowledge", Dutch indigenous knowledge and the invention of white South Africanism, 1890-1909" by Lance van Sittert
"Locust Invasions and Tensions over Environmental and Bodily Health in the Colonial Transkei" by Jacob Tropp
"Reinventing 'Traditional' Medicine in SOuth Africa, traditional authorities and the constitutional challenge to the 2004 Communal Land Rights Act" by Derick Fay.

David Gordon is Associate Professor of History at Bowdoin College.
Shepard Krech III is Professor Emeritus of ANthropology at Brown University and a research associate in the Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.
Gupta (P.), Hofmeyr (I.) & Pearson (M.) eds. EYES ACROSS THE WATER, navigating the Indian Ocean
394 pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2010. R315
Foreword by Amitav Ghosh.

A collection of papers on the Indian Ocean world, re-emerging as a major arena in world politics in the twenty-first century. These papers were first presented at a colloquium hosted by the South Africa/ India Research Thrust at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2007. Two additional essays were solicited after the conference.

Contributions include "Africa as a Fault Line in the Indian Ocean" by Isabel Hofmeyr,
"The Unwieldy Fetish: desire and disavowal of Indianness in South Africa" by Thomas Blom Hansen,
"The South African Indian Film Industry: new directions in Indian commercial and disporic cinema" by Stefanie Lotter,
"'African Appendix': distortion, forgery and superfluity on a southern littoral" by Ashraf Jamal,
"Navigating Difference: gender, miscegenation and Indian domestic space in twentieth-century Durban" by Jon Soske, and
"Transnational Spaces, Islam and the Interaction of Indian and African Identity Strategies in South African During and After Apartheid" by Preben Kaarsholm.

Pamila Gupta is a researcher at WISER, the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research.
Isable Hofmeyr is Professor of African Literature and Acting Director of the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Michael Pearson is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and Adjunct Professor of Humanities at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Hackman (M.) DESIRE WORK, ex-gay and Pentecostal masculinity in South Africa
198pp., paperback, Durham, 2018. R430
Melissa Hackman records the experiences of predominantly white Pentecostal men in post-apartheid Cape Town who turned to "ex-gay" ministries in the hope of “curing” their homosexuality in order to conform to "Christian" values and African social norms.

“One of Desire Work's great contributions is Melissa Hackman's ability to put a human face on the men who try but fail to convert to heterosexuality. I very much enjoy her personal touch in relating stories about her experiences and her subjects, and she has done an extraordinary job of eliciting extremely personal insights from her subjects, in some cases letting them hang themselves with their own words, and in others, allowing us to share their pain, confusion, and cruel optimism. I love this book.” Marc Epprecht, author of Sexuality and Social Justice in Africa: Rethinking Homophobia and Forging Resistance

Melissa Hackman is an independent scholar who has taught at Brown University and Emory University.
Hamilton (C.) & Leibhammer (N.) eds. TRIBING AND UNTRIBING THE ARCHIVE, identity and the material record in southern KwaZulu-Natal in the late independent and colonial periods, volumes one & two
2 vols., 638pp. continuously paginated, 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperbacks, Pietermaritzburg, 2016. R1305
"These volumes track how the domain of the tribal and traditional was marked out and came to be sharply distinguished from modernity, how it was denied a changing history and an archive, and was endowed instead with a timeless culture. These volumes also offer strategies for engaging with the materials differently - from the interventions effected in contemporary artworks to the inserting of nameless, timeless objects of material culture into histories of individualized and politicized experience." from the back cover

Includes contributions from Carolyn Hamilton, Nessa Leibhammer, Nontobeko Ntombela, Sandra Klopper, Hlonipha Mokoena, Anitra Nettleton, Jeff Guy, Norman Etherington, and others.

Carolyn Hamilton holds the National Research Foundation Chair in Archive and Public Culture at the University of Cape Town.
Nessa Leibhammer is a Research Fellow in the Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative at the University of Cape Town.
Healy-Clancy (M.) & Hickel (J.) eds. EKHAYA, the politics of home in KwaZulu-Natal
278 pp., illus., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2014. R330
A collection of essays that examine how the home has changed through time in direct relation to broader economic and political transformations in KwaZulu-Natal.

Contributions include:
"Colonial Transformations and the Home" by Jeff Guy
"Familial Authority, Political Authority and the Life of a Female Chief in Colonial Natal" by Eva Jackson
"Engineering the Township Home: domestic transformations and urban revolutionary consciousness" by Jason Hickel
"'House' and 'Home': changing meanings and practices in a post-apartheid township" by Judith Singleton
"Beneath the 'Zunami': Jacob Zuma and the gendered politics of social reproduction in South Africa" by Mark Hunter

Social historian Megan Healy-Clancy teaches in History and Literature and in Social Studies at Harvard University. She is also the author of "A World of Their Own".
Anthropologist Jason Hickel teaches at the London School of Economics.
Heidenreich-Seleme (L.) & O'Toole (S.) eds. AFRICAN FUTURES, thinking about the future in word and image
343pp., colour illus., paperback, Bielefeld, 2016. OUT OF PRINT
This publication documents and extends the enquiries of the multi-city African Futures festivals held in Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi, as well as related satellite events held in New York and São Paulo, in 2015. African Futures, a project of the Goethe-Institut South Africa, brings together artists, cultural activists and academics on the theme of the future, in the hope of building bridges between art, technology and intellectual discourse.

Contributions from South Africa include:
"Access to Ghosts" by Tegan Bristow
"Slipping" by Lauren Beukes
"Angazi, but am Sure" by Ntone Djabe
"Of Wastelands and Landfills" by Raimi Gbadamosi
"Influences of a Closet Chant" by Albert 'Ibokwe' Khoza
"Africa in the New Century" by Achille Mbembe
"My Aunt Nomaliso" by Chumisa Ndakisa
"Radical Sharing" by Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi
"Future Shock Lost" by Rowan Smith
"Leaping Out" by Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum.

Lien Heidenreich-Seleme is head of cultural programmes sub-Saharan Africa at the Goethe-Institut South Africa.
Sean O'Toole is a journalist, art-critic, editor and writer based in Cape Town.
Higgins (M.) ed. HOLLYWOOD'S AFRICA AFTER 1994,
274 pp., paperback, Athens, 2012. R325
A collection of essays that examine the West's and Hollywood's representations of Africa in the postapartheid era.

Contributions include:
"New Jack African Cinema: 'Dangerous Ground'; 'Cry, the Beloved Country'; and 'Blood Diamond'" by Bennetta Jules-Rosette, J.R.Osborn and Lea Marie Ruiz-Ade
"'It Is a Very Rough Game, Almost as Rough as Politics': rugby as visual metaphor and the future of the new South Africa in 'Invictus'" by Christopher Garland
"'Every Brother Ain't a Brother': cultural dissonance and Nigerian malaise in 'District 9's new South Africa" by Kimberly Nichele Brown
"Coaxing the Beast Out of the Cage: secrecy and disclosure in 'Red Dust' and 'Catch a Fire'" by Jane Bryce.

MaryEllen Higgins is Associate Professor of English at the Greater Allegheny Campus of Pennsylvania State University.
Holland (H.) AFRICAN MAGIC, traditional ideas that heal a continent
237 pp., colour illus., paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (2001) 2010. R170
A reprint of journalist Heidi Holland's book on Africa's traditional beliefs, illustrated through a collection of true stories.

Heidi Holland is also the author of "Dinner with Mugabe".
Impey (A.) SONG WALKING, women, music, and environmental justice in an African borderland
284pp., illus., maps, paperback, Chicago & London, 2018. R730
The women of western Maputaland used to sing when they walked through the mountains and flood plains of this borderland region situated at the juncture of South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland. Impey reveals the impacts of internationally-driven transboundary environmental conservation on land, livelihoods and local senses of place.

“Readers of this wonderful historical ethnography may never walk the same way again. Impey demonstrates how women’s walking songs, mouth harp playing, and foot trails express and shape their attitudes toward the injustices they have experienced during more than a century of exploitation and dispossession. Weaving together historical documents, the memories and songs of older women, and the policies of a transnational conservation preserve, she argues convincingly for a more activist, inclusive, and transdisciplinary ethnomusicology.” Anthony Seeger, University of California, Los Angeles

“This fine book traverses the landscape of conservation politics, land rights, and apartheid history. Its analyses of harsh struggle and vexed memory are balanced by Impey’s quiet love of the land and by the extraordinary women who walk and sing through her text. Scholars of development and of the aural arts will especially appreciate its achievement.” Louise Meintjes, Duke University

Angela Impey is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and convenes the MA in Music in Development at SOAS, University of London.
Israel (P.) IN STEP WITH THE TIMES, Mapiko masquerades of Mozambique
329pp., illus., maps, paperback, Athens, 2014. R495
"Marked by extensive fieldwork and deep understanding of Makonde culture and language, this pioneering study emphasizes the importance of performance to understanding the famous masked dance culture of the Makonde of Mozambique, especially the dynamic, changing nature of Makonde masking as it regularly reinvented itself in response to the shifting historical context." Edward Alpers, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles

"A mesmerising journey into a world of ever-evolving rural community consciousness, where athletics becomes aesthetics, rivalry reappears as revelry, critique chameleonises itself into celebration and magic, masquerade and materialism intertwine with and embrace each other. A provocative intellectual paean to the irrepressible inventiveness of a rural community that has been oppressed but never conquered. A dança continua!" Albie Sachs, former judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa

Paolo Israel is a senior lecturer at the University of the Western Cape.
Ives (S.) STEEPED IN HERITAGE, the racial politics of South African Rooibos tea
255pp., illus., map, paperback, Durham, 2017. R495
"'Steeped in Heritage' is a vivid and insightful account of the complex politics that link people to places via the intermediary of the botanical world (in this case, a scrubbly little 'red bush'). By taking rooibos tea as a window onto our times, it provides an original and enormously illuminating perspective on race and racialization, cultural identity and indigeneity, the globalization of niche commodity markets, and much more. A remarkable book." James Ferguson, author of "Give A Man a Fish: reflections on the new politics of distribution"

"This beautifully written ethnography is a major contribution to the literature on commodities. 'Steeped in Heritage' brilliantly brings together the political ecology of a commodity with an astute analysis of the intersection of land-based politics and questions about race, labor, and spatial and economic belonging." Paige West, author of "From Modern Production to Imagined Primitive: the social world of coffee from Papua New Guinea"

Sarah Ives is a lecturer and postdoctoral fellow in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Standford University.
Kapteijns (L.) & Richters (A.) eds. MEDIATIONS OF VIOLENCE IN AFRICA, fashioning new futures from contested pasts
265 pp., colour illus., paperback, First S.A.Edition, Johanneburg, 2010. R240
Originally published in The Netherlands in 2010.

A collection of essays that analyse the violence of recent African wars from the perspectives of the people who experienced and witnessed them.

Contributions include:
"The Road, the Song and the Citizen: singing after violence in KwaZulu-Natal" by Liz Gunner,
"Testimonies of Suffering and Recasting the Meanings of Memories of Violence in Post-war Mozambique" by Victor Igreja,
"'The Balsak in the Roof: bush war experiences and mediations as related by white South African conscripts" by Diana Gibson.

Lidwien Kaptrijns is Professor of History at Wellesley College, USA.
Annemiek Richters is Professor of Culture, Health and Illness at Leiden University Medical Center and the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research.
Khunou (S.) MOUNTAINS OF SPIRIT, the story of the royal Bakwena ba Mogopa of the north west, South Africa
306pp., b/w & colour illus., map, paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R320
A history of the Bakwena ba Mogopa, one of the largest traditional communities in South Africa, from its earliest beginnings as the Kwena tribe migrating from East Africa, the birth of the community as a distinct and independent lineage in the 1600s, the impact of land dispossession by the Boer settlers as they advanced from the Cape Colony, the impact of Christianity, and the attitudes and policies of colonial governments, the Union government, and apartheid.

Samuel Freddy Khunou is Associate Professor at the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research, Law Faculty, North West University (Mafikeng Campus).
Kreamer (C.) AFRICAN COSMOS, stellar arts
368pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, New York, 2012. R900
Published to accompany the exhibition, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 2012.

Presents African works of art from ancient times to the present, accompanied by a collection of essays, to consider creativity and artistic practice in Africa as it is linked to celestial bodies and atmospheric phenomena.

Contributions include:
"Chasing Light", Marcus Neustetter interviewed by Erin L. Haney
"Cosmic Threads: children of the stars and other projects" by Willem Boshoff
"The Cosmos and Africa: balancing data and the poetics of knowledge" by Karel Nel
"'Cosmic Africa': African cultural astronomy and the research behind the film" by Anne Rogers
"Earth, Sky. Ancestors: building the world in nineteenth-century Madagascar" by Randall Bird
"Bridging Science and Culture: astronomy in Africa" by Thebe Rodney Medupe.

Christine Mullen Kreamer is Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Lange (M.) ed. WATER STORIES/ WATERSTORIES, original !Garib narrations about the Water Snake/ oorspronklike !Garib-vertellinge van die Waterslang
54 pp., oblong 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2014. R350
A collection of stories based on the responses of a group of Upington women of mixed cultural descent who shared their beliefs surrounding the Water Snake with Mary Lange. The women are: Johanna (Nana) de Wee, Martha van Rooi, Maria (Mokkie) Malo, Noxolo (Girlie) Prescilla Saaiman and Elizabeth (Bessa) Sixaxa. The original regional Afrikaans narrations have been supplemented with an English translation. The text is illustrated by regional artist Betta Steyn.

Mary Lange chairs ARROWSA: Art, Culture & Heritage for Peace and is an affiliate of The Centre for Communication, Media & Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Legassick (M.) & Rassool (C.) SKELETONS IN THE CUPBOARD, South African museums and the trade in human remains 1907-1917
114pp., illus., paperback, Second Updated Edition, Cape Town, (2000) 2015. R410
"This volume documents in historical detail the specific circumstances in which human remains were acquired by museums, and raises the emotive issue of what should be done to redress past wrongs." Patricia Davison, foreword to 2000 edition

Includes a new foreword by Lalou Meltzer. A new postscript by Ciraj Rassool and Martin Legassick discusses possible future approaches to the still unresolved challenges of repatriation and restitution.
Levine (S.) ed. MEDICINE AND THE POLITICS OF KNOWLEDGE,
200 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2012. R350
A collection of essays that grew out of a seminar series held at the University of Cape Town in 2009, where anthropologists working in southern Africa, India and China were able to share ideas about the contested nature of medical knowledge and practice.

"'Medicine and the Politics of Knowledge' is an excellent and unsettling collection. It does what medical anthropology does best: forcing us readers to dig deeper, beyond our own methodological relativism, to confront what we really believe about power, rationalities, and science." Rayna Rapp, Professor and Associate Chair, Anthropology Department, New York University

Contributions include:
"The Rings Around Jonathan's Eyes: HIV and AIDS medicine at the margins of administration" by Oliver Human
"True Believers or Modern Believers: HIV science and the work of the Dr Raath Foundation" by Christopher J.Colvin
"Testing Knowledge: legitimacy, healing and medicine in South Africa" by Susan Levine
"Biochemical and Traditional Knowledge in the Search for Healing in Namibia" by Diana Gibson nd Estelle Oosthuysen.

Susan Levine is a senior lecturer in the School of Gender and African Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Cape Town.
Margaretten (E.) STREET LIFE UNDER A ROOF, youth homelessness in South Africa
213pp., illus., maps, paperback, Champaign, 2015. R495
In this book Emily Margaretten draws on ten years of fieldwork to explore life at Point Place, a condemned, off the grid, five story apartment building in Durban that is home to over a hundred teenagers and young adults.

"An exemplary ethnography of post-apartheid life. Margaretten takes us to a place that few people know even exists: a self-run shelter for homeless young people in Durban. What emerges is a searing portrait of drugs, violence, and AIDS but also of compassion, loyalty, and humanity." Mark Hunter, author of "Love in a Time of AIDS: inequality, gender, and rights in South Africa"

"An important contribution to the anthropology of youth in Africa. Margaretten's rich, experience-near, ethnographic descriptions support a complex analysis of the lives of South African street youth in a context of dramatic inequality. It is nearly impossible to read 'Street Life under a Roof' without feeling a connection with the youth of Point Place and taking a deep interest in their struggles with love, family, and money." Daniel Mains, author of "Hope Is Cut: youth, unemployment, and the future in urban Ethiopia"

Emily Margaretten is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Ripon College.

Mditshwa (M.) TRACING OUR ORIGINS, the story of Bantu people
182 pp., illus., paperback, Durban, 2014. R200
A self-published book on the origins and culture of the Bantu people, and the devastating impact of Christianity and racism.
Meintjies (L.) text & Lemon (TJ.) photo. DUST OF THE ZULU, Ngoma aesthetics after apartheid
338pp., illus., map, paperback, Durham & London, 2017. R495
"Louise Meintjes traces the political and aesthetic significance of ngoma, a competitive form of dance and music that emerged out of the legacies of colonialism and apartheid in South Africa. Contextualizing ngoma within South Africa's history of violence, migrant labor, the HIV epidemic, and the world music market, Meintjes follows a community ngoma team and its professional subgroup during the twenty years after apartheid's end." from the back cover

Includes over one hundred photographs of ngoma performances, the majority taken by photojournalist TJ Lemon.

"'Dust of the Zulu' is hands-down among the very best ethnographic works ever written on the politics of aesthetics. Commanding, rewarding, challenging, and shattering in turns, equally gorgeous and unflinching in its evocations, it is above all poignant and virtuosic in its performance of criticism and compassion. This is a hugely important book for South African history and aesthetics, for anthropologies of the body and voice, for cultural studies of music, sound, and dance, and for experimental ethnographic writing and imaging. A stunning book." Steven Feld, author of "Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra: five musical years in Ghana"

"Louise Meintjies brilliantly salvages Zulu dancers from the demeaning, colonialist stereotypes of sweating, bellicose, and largely anonymous men. Readers who have long been frustrated by the dearth of serious studies of African dance will welcome her comprehensive theoretical grasp, analytical rigor, and sheer intellectual potency. A terrific work that will have a lasting impact, 'Dust of the Zulu' will reinvigorate dance and performance studies everywhere. Meintjies makes South African studies proud." Veit Erlmann, author of "Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination: South Africa and the west"

Louise Meintjes is Associate Professor of Music and Cultural Anthropology at Duke University and the author of "Sound of Africa! Making music Zulu in a South African Studio".
Photojournalist TJ Lemon is based in Johannesburg.
Messelaar (A.) FORGOTTEN BUT NOT BURIED,
92pp., illus., map, paperback, No Place, 2015. R265
Aȁron Martin William Messelaar writes about Griqua history and culture. He grew up in Campbell near Kimberley and was raised by people close to Adam Kok IV, whom he recognises as the leader of the Griqua nation. In this book he discusses the rituals, customs and traditional practices that are observed in raising both boy and girl children.
Mndende (N.) THE HOME AS A SACRED PLACE,
32pp., illus., paperback, Dutywa, 2018. R115
An introduction to African spirituality and the sacredness of the home as it is understood in the African context.

Academic and diviner Nokuzola Mndende founded Icamagu Institute in 1998. The Institute, in Dutywa in the Eastern Cape, aims to revive and teach indigenous African spirituality. Dr Mndende, a practitioner of African indigenous religion, lectured in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town.
Moletsane (R.), Mitchell (C.) & Smith (A.) WAS IT SOMETHING I WORE?, dress identity materiality
372 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2012. R380
A collection of essays on the significance of clothing in the construction of identity.

"'Was It Something I Wore?' is one of the mot compelling books I have read on any subject in a long time. It is a must-read for scholars not only in South Africa, but world-wide. A stunning multi-disciplinary collection of essays on the significance of clothing to understanding the complexities of individual, collective, and national experiences, this book illustrates in meticulous detail the many ways in which dress really matters." Sandra Weber, Professor of Education, Concordia University, Montreal.

Contributions include:
"'White' women in 'black' clothing: overtures towards 'Africanness' in dress in a South African context" by Juliette Leeb-du Toit
"Gender and Politics of the Basotho Blanket" by Mathabo Khau
"'Ayashisa 'mateki': Converse All Stars and the making of African masculinities" by Kopano Ratele
"Do Clothes Make a (Wo)man? Exploring the role of dress in shaping South African domestic workers' identities" by Sithabile Ntomela
"Dressing Sex/ Wearing a Condom: exploring social constructions of sexuality through a social semiotic analysis of the condom" by Ran Tao and Claudia Mitchell,
"Who Wears the Trousers Here? Women teachers and the politics of gender and the dress code in South African schools" by Pontso Moorosi
"'Angeke ngibe isitabane': the perceived relationship between dress and sexuality among young African men at the University of KwaZulu-Natal" by Thabo Msibi
"Wearing Our Hearts On Our Sleeves: the t-shirt and the South African activist agenda" by Relebohile Moletsane and Peliwe Lolwana
"Rewriting the Script: drag, dress and the body politic" by Crawl Evans and Robert J Balfour.

Relebohile Moletane is a professor and the JL Dube Chair of Rural Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Claudia Mitchell is James McGill Professor in the Faculty of Education, McGill University, Canada, and an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Ann Smith teaches Business Communication and Business Writing skills at the Wits Business School and is Adjunct Professor at McGill University, Canada, where she lectures in literary theory.
Morrow (S.) THE FIRES BENEATH, the life of Monica Wilson, South African anthropologist
443pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2016. R350
The biography of Monica Wilson née Hunter (1908-1982). Born to missionary parents in Lovedale in the Eastern Cape, she gained a doctorate in anthropology from Cambridge in 1934. She married Godfrey Wilson in 1935, and they undertook fieldwork with the Nyakyusa in Tanzania between 1935 and 1938. Godfrey Wilson committed suicide in 1944. Monica taught at the University College of Fort Hare from 1944 to 1946 and at Rhodes University from 1947 to 1951. She was Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town from 1952 until she retired in 1973.

"This book is a treasure - an intimate, illuminating portrait of two extraordinary human beings, written with grace, with respectfulness and with sympathetic curiosity. Monica and Godfrey's marriage illuminates with unusual clarity the relationship between the intellectual and the erotic life and speaks vividly to the connections between thinking, loving and being alive." Jonny Steinberg, author of "The Number", "Midlands" and "Three-Letter Plague"

"This is a rich and illuminating intellectual biography of one of Southern Africa's most important twentieth-century social anthropologists, but it is much more besides. Morrow's meticulous research and sensitive account reveals the wider political tensions inherent in apartheid-era social science research, and the personal consequences of intellectual positions." Professor Megan Vaughan

Seán Morrow is Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Fort Hare and a professional editor.
Mtuze (P.) INTRODUCTION TO XHOSA CULTURE,
168pp., illus., paperback, Alice, 2004. R210
In this book Peter Mtuze explores pre-colonial Xhosa life and what practices survive in present day Xhosa society.

Priest, poet and academic Peter Mtuze was Director of the Xhosa Dictionary project at the University of Fort Hare (1987-1988). At Rhodes University he was Professor and Head of the Department of African Languages (1988-2000), Head of Department and Professor of Xhosa, Deputy Director (2000-2002) and Deputy Registrar (2002-2006). Currently he is Chair of Molteno Project Board of Directors. He is also the Publication Coordinator of Vivlia Publishers.
Mungwini (P.) INDIGENOUS SHONA PHILOSOPHY, reconstructive insights
213pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2017. R350
An introduction to the philosophy of the indigenous Shona, the group credited with the founding of Great Zimbabwe State.

Pascah Mungwini is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology, University of South Africa (UNISA).
Murove (M.F.) ed. AFRICAN ETHICS, an anthology of comparative and applied ethics
461 pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2009. R295
A collection of essays that focuses on the concept of "Ubuntu" and its relevance today.

Contributions include "Cinderella, Survivor and Saviour: ethics and the quest for a global ethic" by Martin Prozesky,
"Africa's Wisdom has Two Parents and One Guardian: Africanism, Islam and the West" by Ali Mazrui,
"'Ubuntu' as the African Ethical Vision" by Augustine Shutte,
"Cows Never Die: embracing African cosmology in the process of economic growth" by Muvume Dandala,
"An African Environmental Ethic Based on the Concepts of 'Ukama' and 'Ubuntu'" by Munyaradzi Murove,
"African Moral Theory and Public Governance Nepotism: preferential hiring and other partiality" by Thaddeus Metz,
and "Does African 'Corruption' Exist?" by William De Maria.

Munyaradzi Felix Murove is Deputy Head of the School of Philosophy and Ethics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Murray (N.), Shepherd (N.) & Hall (M.) DESIRE LINES, space, memory and identity in the post-apartheid city
315 pp., illus., paperback, Abingdon & New York, 2007. R995
Contributions include "Planning Fictions: the limits of spatial engineering and governance in a Cape Flats ghetto" by Steven Robins,
"Remaking Modernism: South African architecture in and out of time" by Noëleen Murray,
"Memory, Nation Building and the Post-apartheid City: the apartheid museum in Johannesburg" by Lindsay Jill Bremner,
"Memory and the Politics of History in the District Six Museum" by Ciraj Rassool,
"On a Knife-edge or in the Fray: managing heritage sites in a vibrant democracy" by Abdulkader I.Tayob,
"Leaving the City: gender, pastoral power and the discourse of development in the Eastern Cape" by Premesh Lalu,
"The World Below: post-apartheid urban imaginaries and the bones of the Prestwich Street dead" by Nick Shepherd and Christian Ernstein,
"Paths of Nostalgia and Desire through Heritage Destinations at the Cape of Good Hope" by Martin Hall And Pia Bombardella, and much more.

Noëleen Murray is an architect and academic based in the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town.
Historical archeologist Martin Hall is Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town.
Archeologist Nick Shepherd is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town.
Naipaul (V.S.) THE MASQUE OF AFRICA, glimpses of African belief
325 pp., paperback, London, 2010. R197
"For my travel books I travel on a theme. And the theme of 'The Masque of Africa' is African belief. I begin in Uganda, at the centre of the continent, do Ghana and Nigeria, the Ivory Coast and Gabon, and end at the bottom of the continent, in South Africa. My theme is belief, not political or ecconomical life; and yet at the bottom of the continent the political realities are so overwhelming that they have to be taken into account..." V.S.Naipaul, from the inside front cover
Niehaus (I.) WITCHCRAFT AND A LIFE IN THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA,
239 pp., paperback, Cambridge, 2013. R270
Isak Niehaus reconstructs the biography of Jimmy Mohale, one of his South African research assistants, who died in 2005 from an illness probably related to AIDS. Jimmy was convinced his illness was a result of his father's witchcraft and sought help from diviners and Christian healers rather than biochemical doctors.

Isak Niehaus lectures in the Department of Anthropology at Brunel University. He is the author of "Witchcraft, Power and Politics: exploring the occult in the South African lowveld" (2001) and "Magic! AIDS Review 2009" with Fraser G.McNeill.
Nkabinde (N.Z.) BLACK BULL, ANCESTORS AND ME, my life as a lesbian sangoma
162 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2008. R180
Nkunzi Zandile Nkabinde was born in Soweto in 1975. She works as a sangoma and as a tour guide at Constitution Hill.
Nuttall (S.) ENTANGLEMENT, literary and cultural reflections on post-apartheid
198 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2009. R270
An exploration of the concept of entanglement in relation to readings of literature, new media forms and painting

"Sarah Nuttal offers her readers new critical vocabularies with which to grasp the fictions of self-making, the politics and aesthetics of consumption, and the new and terrifying technologies of the sexualised body." Hazel Carby

"Sarah Nuttall's book is a welcome addition to South African literary and cutural studies, taking us in new directions beyond the apartheid and even standard post-apartheid models, Moving through a variety of settings and moments both textual and non-textual, it is prepared to take risks in matters ranging from the 'citiness' of Johannesburg, to the recombinatory qualities of style, to the larger implications of violence in South Africa" Stephen Clingman

"Elegantly and lucidly written, it offers a penetrating and unique analysis of the complex and paradoxical forms of culture emerging in South Africa today." Isabel Hofmeyr

Sarah Nuttall is Associate Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), University of the Witwatersrand.

Nuttall (S.) & Mbembe (A.) eds. JOHANNESBURG, the elusive metropolis
398 pp., illus., paperback, First S.A.Edition, Johannesburg, 2008. R355
Many of the essays in this book appeared in the journal "Public Culture", vol.16, no.3, fall 2004, published by Duke University Press.

"Taken together, the essays in 'Johannesburg: the elusive metropolis' offer radically new ways of thinking about this complex city, as well as many hints about emerging or re-emerging cities elsewhere. The essays challenge dominant models of urbanism and demonstrate with force and subtlety how African cities in general and Johannesburg in particular outpace urban theory. Each essay 'de-scribes' the city now in order to envision the city to come. In this volume, we hear - over the droning clichés that still circulate about the African city's ruin and decadence - another note, another cadence". Ackbar Abbas.

Introduction by Achille Mbembe and Sarah Nuttall.
Afterword, "The Risk of Johannesburg", by Arjun Appadurai and Carol A.Breckenridge.

Contributions include "Aesthetics as Superfluity" by Achille Mbembe,
"Stylizing the Self" and "Literary City" by Sarah Nuttall,
"Gandhi, Mandela, and the African Modern" by Jonathan Hyslop,
"Art Johannesburg and Its Objects" by David Bunn,
"Instant City" by John Matshikiza,
"From the Ruins" by Mark Gevisser,
"Reframing Township Space" by Lindsay Bremner, and
"Soweto Now" by Achille Mbambe, Nzizwa Dlamini and Grace Khunou.

Sarah Nuttall is Associate Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), University of the Witwatersrand. She is also the author of "Entanglement: literary and cultural reflections on post-apartheid" (2007) and editor of "Beautiful/Ugly: African and diaspora aesthetics" (2006) and "Sense of Culture: South African culture studies" (2000).
Achille Mbembe is Research Professor in History and Politics at the University of the Witwatersrand and Senior Researcher at WISER. His most recent book in English is "On the Postcolony" (2001).
Ololajulo (B.) UNSHARED IDENTITY, posthumous paternity in a contemporary Yoruba community
115pp., paperback, Grahamstown, 2018. R140
Babajide Ololajulo focuses on the practice of posthumous paternity in Hupeju-Ekiti, a Yoruba-speaking community founded from two Nigerian communities, Iseta and Egosi, as a way of reflecting on "the authenticities of African cultural traditions and the simultaneous erosion of endogenous values." from the back cover

"The overall merit of the study is in the rich empirical content on contemporary practices of posthumous paternity and lived experiences of and challenges confronting the resultant offspring among the Yoruba caught betwixt and between the attractions of neoliberal notions of individual autonomy on the one hand and resilient collectivism on the other." Professor Francis B Nyamnjoh, Department of Anthropology, University of Cape Town

Babajide Ololajulo is a senior lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Olsen (W.) & van Beek (W.) eds. EVIL IN AFRICA, encounters with the everyday
392pp., paperback, Bloomington, 2015. R895
A collection of essays that explore how Africans have confronted evil.

"Particularly valuable for the manner in which religious or mystical notions of evil are linked to more secular ones, notably violence and warfare, fetishes, gender constructs, psychoanalytic processes, personhood, theft, transnational connections, and apartheid." Isak Niehaus, co-author of "Witchcraft, Power and Politics: exploring the occult in the South African lowveld"

Contributions include:
"Transatlantic Pentecostal Demons in Maputo" by Linda van de Kemp
"The Meaning of 'Apartheid' and the Epistemology of Evil" by Adam Ashforth.

William Olsen lectures in the African Studies Program at Georgetown University.
Walter van Beek is Professor of Anthropology of Religion at Tilburg University.
Peek (P.M.) ed. TWINS IN AFRICAN AND DIASPORA CULTURES, double trouble, twice blessed
366 pp., map, illus., paperback, Bloomington, 2011. R335
A collection of essays on the intense and dramatically different responses to the birth of twins amongst African peoples.

Contributions include:
"Introduction: beginning to rethink twins" by Philip M.Peek
"Twins and Intertwinement: reflections on ambiguity and ambivalence in northwestern Namibia" by Steven van Wolputte
"Twins, Albinos, and Vanishing Prisoners: a Mozambican theory of political power" by Paulo Granjo.

Philip M.Peek is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Drew University, USA.
Pienaar (A.) DIE LANG MAN SONDER SKADUWEE, met illustrasies deur Isabelle Webb en fotos deur Gita Claasen
237pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R260
A collection of traditional Griqua stories.

Afrikaans singer, actress and radio personality Antoinette Pienaar lives in the Karoo, where she is a student of Johannes Willemse, a Griqua herbalist and healer. She is also the author of a book on the healing properties of Karoo herbs, "Kruidjie Roer My".
Pieterse (E.) & Sinome (A.) eds. ROGUE URBANISM, emergent African cities
495 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, Johannesburg, 2013. R650
This book is the outcome of a research exploration by the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town. The volume "is best regarded as an ensemble of diverse perspectives and modalities of thought on the various ways in which a thick analytical account of African cityness can be advanced...considering the inevitable diversity and arguments across these essays...it is partial and necessarily incomplete." Edgar Pieterse, from his introduction

Contributions include:
"Grasping the Unknowable: coming to grips with African urbanisms" by Edgar Pieterse
"Reconceptualising Urbanism Ecology and Networked Infrastructure" by Mark Swilling
"Palimpset African Urbanity: connecting pre-colonial and post-apartheid urban narratives in Durban" by Orli Bass
"Seeking Logic in the Chaos Precinct: the spatial and property dynamics of trading space in Jeppe" by Tanya Zack
"The City from its Margins: rethinking urban governance through the everyday lives of migrant women in Johannesburg" by Caroline Wanjiku Kihato
"Outcharming Crime in (D)urban Space" by Christine Hentschel
"Shifting Spaces, Tilting Time" by Jay Pather
"Abracadabra" by Kim Gurney.

Edgar Pieterse holds the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy. He directs the African Centre for Cities and is Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, both at the University of Cape Town.
AbdouMaliq Simone is an urbanist and Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, Honorary Professor at the African Centre for Cities, Research Associate with the Rujak Center for Urban Studies in Jakarta, and Research Fellow at the University of Tarumanagara.


Pinther (K.), Forster (L.) & Hanussek (C.) eds. AFROPOLIS, city, media, art
328 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2012. R320
This publication accompanies the travelling exhibition which opened at Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cultures of the World, Cologne, in November 2010.

The "Afropolis" project seeks to explore the social networks and cultural relations that shape life in African megacities, and focuses on five cities: Cairo, Lagos, Nairobi, Kinshasa and Johannesburg. Scholars and artists met local cultural practitioners, carried out interviews, compiled photo and film documentation, and selected and initiated artistic works that expressed particular qualities of each city.

Contributions include:
"The Spatial Politics of the Past and the Present, a brief history of Alexandria" by Noor Nieftagodien
"The Technicians' Rebellion, electricity and the right to the city" by Thomas G.Kirsch
"Stylizing the Self" by Sarah Nuttall
"The Underground, the Surface and the Edges, a hauntology of Johannesburg" by Leora Farber and Anthea Buys.

Includes work by South African artists Kgafela oa Magogodi and Jyoti Mistry, Sam Nhlengethwa, Sabelo Mlangeni and Minnette Vari.

First published in Cologne in German.
Praeg (L.) & Magadla (S.) eds. UBUNTU, curating the archive
231 pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2014. R255
A collection of essays that contextualise "the discourse on Ubuntu within the wider historical framework of postcolonial attempts to re-articulate African humanism as a substantial philosophy and emancipatory ideology." from the back cover

Contributions include:
"Justice Otherwise: thoughts on Ubuntu" by Lewis Gordon
"Ubuntu Versus the Core Values of the South African Constitution" by Ilze Keevy
"From ubuntu to Ubuntu: four historic a prioris" by Leonhard Praeg
"Ubuntu and the Law: some lessons for the practical application of Ubuntu" by Katherine Furman
"The Self Become God: Ubuntu and the 'scandal of manhood'" by Siphokazi Magadla and Ezra Chitando.

"This is one of the most profound, most foundational discussions of the concept of Ubuntu to date. A highly commendable effort to rescue the concept, as a concrete abstraction, from its devaluation as a political buzzword and as a cheap trope of nationalist rhetoric, the book calls on us to consider Ubuntu's emancipatory potential under the sign of a critical African humanism...It is highly recommended reading for anyone concerned about the present and future - political, material, social, legal, ethical - of life in the global South. And elsewhere." John Comaroff, Hugh K.Foster Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology, Oppenheimer Research Fellow in African Studies, Harvard University

Leonhard Praeg is Associate Professor and PhD candidate, both in the Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

Rafapa (L.) ES'KIA MPHAHLELE'S AFRIKAN HUMANISM ,
407 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2010. R200
Lesibana Rafala explores the evolution of Es'kia Mphahlele's central concept of Afrikan Humanism in his poetry, short stories, autobiographies and novels. This book develops the research undertaken in Rafala's published doctoral thesis, "The Representation of Afrikan Humanism in the Narrative Writings of Es'kia Mphahlele". He earned his D.Litt in English from the University of Stellenbosch in 2006.

Lesibana Rafapa is currently teaching in the English Department at the University of Venda.
Raymond OM DIE NGUNI-VURE,
198 pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2012. R140
Foreword by King Goodwill Zwelithini Zulu.

A collection of Zulu folk tales, told to Myra Scheepers by Zulu speakers in the vicinity of Vryheid.

Text in Afrikaans.
Reeder (M.) A SANGOMA'S STORY, the calling of Elliot Ndlovu
199 pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2011. R250
Journalist Melanie Reeder's biography of Eliot Ndlovu, a "sangoma" (spiritual diviner) and "inyanga" (healer who uses plants in medicinal remedies). He lives in the Drakensberg Mountains in KwaZulu-Natal, commuting between two consultation huts: his room in Thendela and a newly acquited hut at the luxury hotel and spa at Fordoun, where he consults to wealthy tourists. He is also a passionate conservationist who had been led to create sustainable gardens of the traditional herbs used by "inyangas".
Ross (F.C.) RAW LIFE, NEW HOPE, decency, housing and everyday life in a post-apartheid community
248 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2010. R425
Based on research conducted over eighteen years amongst the residents of The Park (now called The Village), a shack settlement on the outskirts of Cape Town, Fiona Ross offers insight into the complex ways of life within an impoverished community and the efforts such a community makes to secure a decent life in post-apartheid South Africa.

Fiona Ross is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town.
Scheepers (M.) ROUND THE NGUNI FIRES,
198 pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2013. R150
Foreword by King Goodwill Zwelithini Zulu.

A collection of Zulu folk tales, as they were told to Myra Scheepers by Zulu speakers in and around Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal.
Scheub (H.) THE UNCOILING PYTHON, South African storytellers and resistance
240 pp., paperback, Athens, Ohio, 2010. R250
Harold Schreub has collected stories and poetry of the Xhosa, Zulu, Swati, and Ndebele peoples in order to demonstrate the ways in which these indigenous oral traditions were used to combat and subvert colonial domination in South Africa.

Harold Schreub is Evjue-Bascom Professor of Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His other books include "The Tongue is Fire" (1996), "The African Storyteller" (1999), and "A Dictionary of African Mythology: the mythmaker as storyteller" (2000).
Seshai (P.), Seshai (M.) & Hilton-Barber (D.) THE BATUBATSE, their story and traditions
251pp., map, illus., paperback, Tzaneen, 2017. R285
Ponele Seshai discusses the history, culture and identity of the Batubatse people, who trace back to the Shai Kingdom in ancient Ghana, migrating south and eventually settling in the area now known as Limpopo Province, South Africa.

Advocate Ponele Seshai was born in 1948 at Boschplaas, near Hammaskraal, and grew up in the small rural village of Motsinoni. He began his career as a clerk in the Department of Justice, became the first black magistrate in Tzaneen and at the time of his retirement was Regional Magistrate, Siyabuswa regional division, in Mpumalanga Province.
Smuts (D.) comp. BOERERATE,
231pp., hardback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (1989) 2015. R250
Reprint of Danie Smuts' collection of traditional Afrikaner remedies sent to him by listeners to his popular radio programme.

Actor and radio presenter Danie Smuts died in 2003.
Soga (J.) THE AMA-XOSA, life and customs
431pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, Cambridge, (1932) 2014. R740
A reprint of John Henderson Soga's perspective on his people's history and culture. The son of Tiyo Soga, he was educated in Europe and was the first black South African to be ordained. He is the author of The South-Eastern Bantu (1930).
Thema (K.) & Moroane-Kgomo (U.) A CULINARY JOURNEY OF SOUTH AFRICAN INDIGENOUS FOODS, promoting and commercialising South African indigenous foods
164pp., colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2015. R350
A collection of recipes of indigenous foods
Thomas (G.) THE SEXUAL DEMON OF COLONIAL POWER, Pan-African embodiment and erotic schemes of empire
200 pp., paperback, Bloomington, 2007. R225
Greg Thomas analyses the sexual politics of slavery, colonialism, and neo-colonialism as well as ideas about bodies and offers an anti-racist, anti-imperialist Pan-African approach to theory, fiction, cinema, and popluar culture.

Greg Thomas is Assistant Professor of English at Syracuse University and founder and editor of "Proud Flesh: new Afrikan journal of culture, politics, & consciousness".
Thornton (R.) HEALING THE EXPOSED BEING, a South African ngoma tradition
336pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R380
"'Healing the Exposed Being' is a rich and engaging account of the complex and individualised knowledge systems and passages of influence that shape 'sangoma' practices in South Africa. Thorton's descriptions of and insights into the philosophies, rituals and objects of the 'sangoma', and the ancestors, spirits and other beings with whom they work, change our view of these healers as custodians of the living, advisors, philosophers and guardians. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in health and illness in the region." Lenora Manderson, Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology, School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand

Robert Thornton is an honorary researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand. His other books include "Unimagined Community: sex, networks and AIDS in Uganda and South Africa".
Tobias (P.), Strkalj (G.) & Dugard (J.) TOBIAS IN CONVERSATION, genes, fossils and anthropology
330 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2008. R240
A collection of interviews Goran Strkalj and Jane Dugard conducted with human anatomist Philip Tobias over a period of five years.

Philip Tobias is professor emeritus and Honorary Professional Research Fellow in the School of Anatomical Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Goran Strkalj is a biological anthropologist working in the Department of Health and Choripractic at Macquarie University, Sydney.
Jane Dugard is a Cambridge-trained biologist who writes evolutionary materials for school textbooks.
Trotter (H.) SUGAR GIRLS & SEAMEN, a journey into the world of dockside prostitution in South Africa
242 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2008. R230
Based on fifteen months of research at seamen's nightclubs, plus interviews with prostitutes, sailors, club owners, bouncers and barmaids in Cape Town and Durban.

Henry Trotter is a doctoral student of African history at Yale University currently researching his dissertation on the port culture of South Africa. He now lives in Cape Town.
van Graan (M.) ed. THE SOUTH AFRICAN HANDBOOK ON ARTS & CULTURE, 2015/6
387pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R295
An "up-to-date compilation of contact details for politicians and government officials responsible for Arts and Culture; national, provincial and local public sector Arts and Culture funding agencies, as well as private sector funding agencies; international agencies active in the Arts and Culture sector in South Africa; Arts Media; Educational Institutions specialising in Arts and Culture; Awards and Competitions; Arts Festivals, Conferences and Events [and] contact details for important agencies working in Arts Management and Cultural Policy, Craft, Creative Industries, Dance, Design, Fashion, Film, Heritage, Music, Theatre, Visual Art, Cultural Tourism and Civil Society." from the back cover
van Wyk (I.) A CHURCH OF STRANGERS, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in South Africa
280pp., illus., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2015. R320
First published in the UK in 2014.

A study of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), a church of Brazilian origin that has been very successful in establishing branches and attracting followers in South Africa since the early 1990s.

"....a well-written, rich and provocative contribution to the study of Christianity and urban life in contemporary Africa. Van Wyk's central argument - that the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) in Durban offers its members a 'technology' rather than a social organisation - is highly original and likely to cause considerable debate inside and outside of academia." Harri Englund, University of Cambridge

"In what is by far the most profound and wide-ranging study of one of the world's most challenging and disconcerting religious phenomena, Ilana van Wyk has produced a truly engrossing work of ethnography...Some of the case material is deeply distressing, but the analytical fruits will be with us for a long time to come." David Lehmann, Univesity of Cambridge

Ilana van Wyk is an anthropologist and a researcher working at the Institute for Humanities in Africa at the University of Cape Town.
Weinberg (P.) photo. & text TRACES AND TRACKS, a thirty-year journey with the San
176pp., oblong 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w, Johannesburg, 2017. R380
Foreword by Megan Biesele.

Photographer, filmmaker and writer Paul Wienberg has documented modern San communities throughout southern Africa since the early 1980s. This book includes many of his photographs and the text records their stories, as well as the challenges and opportunities the different communities face.

Paul Weinberg is currently Senior Curator at the Centre for African Studies Gallery at the University of Cape Town, and lectures in documentary arts.
Willis (D.) (ed.) BLACK VENUS 2010, they called her "Hottentot"
238 pp., illus., paperback, Philadelphia, 2010. R375
An anthology of art, critical writings, poetry, and prose on and around the subject of Sarah Bartmann.

Contributions include:
"Which Bodies Matter? feminism, post-structuralism, race, and the curious theoretical odyssey of the 'Hottentot Venus'" by Zine Magubane,
"Exhibit A: a private life without a narrative" by J.Yolande Daniels,
"Historic Retrievals: confronting visual evidence and the imaging of truth" by Lisa Gail Collins,
"A.K.A. Saartjie: the 'Hottentot Venus' in context (some recollections and a dialogue), 1998/2004" by Kellie Jones,
"The Imperial Gaze: Venus Hottentot, human display, and world fairs" by Michele Wallace.
Wood (F.) in colloboration with Lewis (M.) THE EXTRAORDINARY KHOTSO, millionaire medicine man from Lusikisiki
368 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2007. R220
A biography of the herbalist Khotso Sethuntsa, who remained famous and feared throughout South African and beyond even after his death in 1972. Khotso, who claimed to be in spiritual contact with Paul Kruger, was best-known for his remedy for sexual potency and a terrifying procedure for acquiring wealth.

Includes photographs by Obie Oberholzer.

Felicity Wood lectures in the English Department at the University of Fort Hare.
Wylie (D.) CROCODILE,
222 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback , London, 2013. R195
Dan Wylie tracks twenty-three crocodilian species and compares what science has discovered about these reptiles with their depictions in myth, art and literature around the world.

Includes a chapter on central and southern Africa.

"This series... calls itself 'a new kind of animal history'. It is splendidly, even brilliantly, so. I have nothing but praise for it". James Fleming, The Spectator.

Dan Wylie is Professor of English at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.