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Title:Special issue: Durban and Cape Town as port cities: reconsidering Southern African Studies from the Indian Ocean
Editors:Hofmeyr, IsabelISNI
Dhupelia-Mesthrie, UmaISNI
Kaarsholm, PrebenISNI
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies (ISSN 1465-3893)
City of publisher:Abingdon
Geographic terms:Southern Africa
South Africa
Indian Ocean
Subjects:slave trade
international trade
crime novels
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjss20/42/3
Abstract:This special issue arose out of a workshop titled 'Durban and Cape Town as Indian Ocean port cities: reconsidering Southern African Studies from the Indian Ocean', held at the University of the Western Cape in September 2014. The collection explores the effect of pre-colonial Indian Ocean slave and trade networks on southern African colonial formations. These re-configured geographies, in turn, open up possibilities for drawing new linkages among different southern African historiographies. The articles articulate land- and sea-based systems of labour migration and control, suggesting connections between the inland historiographies of mining and migration, on the one hand, and maritime port cities, on the other (and indeed, between these port cities themselves). The volume raises questions of method and scale, and the introduction touches on problems associated with an oceanic approach (how to factor in the 'sea-ness of the sea'). Contributions: Durban and Cape Town as port cities: reconsidering Southern African Studies from the Indian Ocean (Isabel Hofmeyr, Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie & Preben Kaarsholm); Indian Ocean slaves in Cape Town, 1695-1807 (Nigel Worden); Mozambique Island, Cape Town and the organisation of the slave trade in the South-West Indian Ocean, c.1797-1807 (Patrick Harries); Convicts, carcerality and Cape Colony connections in the 19th century (Clare Anderson); Indian Ocean networks and the transmutations of servitude: the potector of Indian Immigrants and the administration of freed slaves and indentured labourers in Durban in the 1870s (Preben Kaarsholm); Betwixt the Oceans: the chief immigration officer in Cape Town, Clarence Wilfred Cousins (1905-1915) (Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie); The Gold Kings: Sonu smugglers in Johannesburg, Durban and Lourenšo Marques, 1890s-1920s (Andrew MacDonald); Family, gender, and mobility among passenger migrants into colonial Natal: the story of Moosa Hajee Cassim (c.1840s-1921) (Goolam Vahed); Rendering the Cape-as-port: Sea-Mountain,Cape of Storms/Good Hope, Adamastor and local-world literary formations (Meg Samuelson); 'The darker side of Durban': South African crime Fiction and Indian Ocean underworlds (Charne Lavery); The politics of conservation in Southern Africa (Andreas Scheba). [ASC Leiden abstract]