Founded In    1999
Published   quarterly
Language(s)   English

Fields of Interest


Humanities and Social Sciences

ISSN   1543-1304
Publisher   Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
Editorial Board

  Andrew Offenburger, Yale University

  Rita Barnard, University of Pennsylvania
  Christopher Saunders, University of Cape Town

  Andrew Van der Vlies, University of Sheffield

  Azeem Badroodien, University of Nottingham
  Surendra Bhana, University of Kansas
  Derek Catsam, University of Texas of the Permian Basin
  Greg Cuthbertson, University of South Africa
  Leigh Anne Duck, University of Memphis
  Norman Etherington, University of Western Australia
  George M. Fredrickson, Stanford University
  Christopher J. Lee, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  Alex Lichtenstein, Florida International University
  Peter Limb, Michigan State University
  Sabine Marschall, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  Lesley Marx, University of Cape Town
  Pearl McHaney, Georgia State University
  David Chioni Moore, Macalester College
  Peter Rachleff, Macalester College
  Renée Schatteman, Georgia State University
  Robert C.-H. Shell, University of the Western Cape
  Sandy Shell, University of Cape Town
  Keyan Tomaselli, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  Luvuyo Wotshela, University of Fort Hare

Submission Guidelines and Editorial Policies
Mailing Address

Safundi Publications
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New Haven, CT 06520
(203) 548-9155 / Phone
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Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies


Safundi -- "S" represents "South Africa," "a" stands for "America," and "fundi" comes from the Xhosa verb, "-funda," which translates as "to read/learn."

Safundi is an online community of scholars, professionals, and others interested in comparing and contrasting the United States of America with the Republic of South Africa.

Our journal, Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, is the centerpiece of our online community. We believe that analyzing the two countries in a comparative and transnational context enhances our perspective on each, individually. While new comparative research is the focus of the journal, we also publish articles specifically addressing one country, provided the articles are of interest to the comparative scholar. Furthermore, our subject matter is as permeable as any country's border: we will consider research addressing other colonial and postcolonial states in Southern Africa and North America.

Articles that Safundi publishes are academic in nature. Research papers are reviewed as they are submitted. Scholarly essays are welcomed. Any topic may be addressed. We hope to provide our readers with a diverse and insightful collection of articles in each issue.

We publish on a quarterly basis. Our journal is peer-reviewed. Submissions are vetted by the editors-in-chief and the editorial board before they are accepted for publication.

The views expressed in the articles are those of the authors and not of the editors or of Safundi itself.


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November 2001, Issue 07

Growing Up with Maya Angelou and Sindiwe Magona: A Comparison

This article compares and contrasts Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," and Magona's "To My Children�s Children," in order to examine the emerging sense of female selfhood within the larger political and cultural structures of the United States and South Africa during the 1940s and 1950s.

"I am NOT just like one of the family...": The Black Domestic Servant and White Family Dynamics in 20th Century American and South African Literature

Using historical and literary examples of domestic servants from twentieth century South African and American literature, the author demonstrates within the context of family and the racial order how a relationship that is clearly one of inequality might be construed as one of family.

Diasporic Displacement and the Search for Black Female Identity in Toni Morrison's Tar Baby and Nadine Gordimer�s None to Accompany Me

Both Toni Morrison's Tar Baby and Nadine Gordimer's None to Accompany Me feature young, modern, black women who are removed from their homelands by virtue of their childhoods spent in literal and figurative exile. Culturally displaced, they are unable to connect with their African heritage and flee to Western nations. These novels raise the question of where and what is the place of the young, black woman in the African diaspora. The author explores the impact of diaspora upon these characters, as articulated by Morrison and Gordimer, as well as its relationship to the struggle to establish black, female identity.

Globalization and Union Democracy: A Comparison of the Hormel Strike of 1985-1986 (USA) and the Volkswagen Strike of 2000 (South Africa)

The author explores the loss of union democracy within neoliberal globalization, highlighting the role that unions themselves have played in this process. The author focuses on two specific struggles, fifteen years apart but eerily similar, one in the United States and one in South Africa, as further illustration of the dynamics with which he is concerned.

David Schmahmann, Empire Settings: A Novel. Buffalo, N.Y.: White Pine Press, 2001. 327 pp, hardcover, $21.95. ISBN 1893996166.: A Review

The author reviews Schmahmann's forthcoming novel about a South African expatriate living in the United States.

Maurice S. Evans, Black and White in the Southern States: A Study of the Race Problem in the United States from a South African Point of View, Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2001, xxix +299 pages.: A Review

The author reviews a reprint of Evans' analysis of race relations in the U.S. South.

Other Issues

July 2013, Volume 14, Number 3
April 2007, Volume 8, Number 2
January 2007, Volume 8, Number 1
Deterritorializing American Culture, 23
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George Fredrickson's White Supremacy , Issue 21
October 2005, Issue 20
July 2005, Issue 19
April 2005, Issue 18
January 2005, Issue 17
October 2004, Issue 16
July 2004, Issue 15
April 2004, Issue 13-14
October 2003, Issue 12
July 2003, Issue 11
April 2003, Issue 10
May 2002, Issue 09
February 2002, Issue 08
July 2001, Issue 06
April 2001, Issue 05
January 2001, Issue 04
October 2000, Issue 03
July 2000, Issue 02