Anthropology of Southern Africa


Anthropology of Southern Africa

A forum for conversations on ethnographic fieldwork in Southern Africa, and for those interested in the biological, linguistic, socio-cultural and archaeological anthropology of Southern Africa.

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Ukujola*: Reaction to Conquest

“At one time theft was almost unknown in Pondoland. A native has been known to follow a trader’s wagon for miles for the purpose of restoring a handkerchief, which had been dropped.” 


Callaway (Undated) citing Bishop Key in Pioneers in Pondoland, Lovedale: Lovedale Press.

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Comment by Detlev Krige on July 16, 2012 at 10:15pm
Comment by Detlev Krige on July 16, 2012 at 9:47pm
Anthropology Southern Africa 2012 Annual Conference
Call for Paper Proposals:

The conference organisers call for paper proposals that address the broad theme of the conference and that take particular cognisance of the above series of questions. While there is no restriction on either conceptual/theoretical or ethnographic focus, proposals should explicitly address the issue of anthropology’s future in southern Africa.

PAPER PROPOSALS: Deadline for submission of paper proposals is 16 July 2012
Paper proposals should comprise a title and an abstract (up to 100 words) and, if intended for a panel, they should indicate the panel title.

Please send paper proposals to by 16 July 2012.
For the full call for papers visit 
Comment by Derick Fay on February 18, 2010 at 8:48pm
Now available in paperback:
The Rights and Wrongs of Land Restitution

Drawing on memories and histories of past dispossession, governments, NGOs, informal movements and individual claimants worldwide have attempted to restore and reclaim rights in land. Land restitution programs link the past and the present, and may allow former landholders to reclaim lands which provided the basis of earlier identities and livelihoods. Restitution also has a moral weight that holds broad appeal; it is represented as righting injustice and healing the injuries of colonialism. Restitution may have unofficial purposes, like establishing the legitimacy of a new regime, quelling popular discontent, or attracting donor funds. It may produce unintended consequences, transforming notions of property and ownership, entrenching local bureaucracies, or replicating segregated patterns of land use. It may also constitute new relations between states and their subjects. Land-claiming communities may make new claims on the state, but they may also find the state making unexpected claims on their land and livelihoods. Restitution may be a route to citizenship, but it may engender new or neo-traditional forms of subjection. This volume explores these possibilities and pitfalls by examining cases from the Americas, Eastern Europe, Australia and South Africa. Addressing the practical and theoretical questions that arise, The Rights and Wrongs of Land Restitution thereby offers a critical rethinking of the links between land restitution and property, social transition, injustice, citizenship, the state and the market.
Comment by Derick Fay on September 9, 2009 at 3:03pm
If you can make it to Vermont (USA) in April please consider submitting an abstract to the Northeast Workshop on Southern Africa, due Sept. 21:
Comment by Paul Wren on June 12, 2009 at 11:37pm
What are the boundaries of what you refer to as Southern Africa?

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