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

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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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May 2002, Issue 09

Ripple of Hope in the Land of Apartheid: Robert F. Kennedy in South Africa, June 4th-9th, 1966

Through the use of a multimedia website, Shore examines the historical context and significance of Senator Robert Kennedy's June 1966 visit to South Africa.

Youth, Popular Culture, and Identity: American Influences on South Africa and Lesotho

Beginning in the early twentieth century and continuing through today, American culture in general, and more specifically African-American culture and identity, has played a significant role in the construction of identity, popular culture, and the struggle for equality in southern Africa. Of particular interest is how American culture (particularly the African-American component), mediated through South Africa, has impacted the political and cultural identity of Basotho youth in the 1990s. Basotho and South African youth identify with aspects of American culture that provide them with new meanings, which help negotiate their landscape. As an enclave in South Africa, Lesotho not only illustrates the impact of aspects of American culture on South Africa, but in this case has also contributed to a decreasing national identity that is being replaced by an increased identification with South Africa.

Women in the Interregnum: Kate Chopin’s The Awakening and Nadine Gordimer’s July’s People

This essay is a comparative study of two novels about women caught in a liminal position, as the society in which they live enters a period of profound change. Both protagonists are irresistibly drawn to the possibilities of change, even though these possibilities are indefinable and their pursuit perilous and traumatic, because the women find themselves marginalized by the present patriarchal structure of society, in which they find no fulfilling role. Moreover, this society in each case is a historical anomaly�further marginalizing each protagonist�although the beginning of transition points toward a form of potential normalization: one of these societies is New Orleans in the late nineteenth century, the other South Africa a century later. The authors of the fictive depictions of these societies are the American Kate Chopin, who died in 1904, and South African Nadine Gordimer, born in 1923; obviously, therefore, Chopin could not have read Gordimer�s work, and there is no actual evidence that the well-read Gordimer has in fact read Chopin�s. It is all the more interesting, then, that their female protagonists should experience the upheavals of societal transformation in such remarkably similar ways. The parallels suggest that there is a universal element not only to the struggles of a new society attempting to define itself, but also to the struggles of women attempting to define a position for themselves within it. As the experiences of Chopin�s and Gordimer�s protagonists reveal, the options available to women during an interregnum are far more complex and ambiguous than simply rejecting the old and embracing the new.

South African and North American Treks

The author comparatively reviews The Great Treks. The Transformation of Southern Africa, 1815-1854, by Norman Etherington. London: Pearson, 2001, 366pp. ISBN 0582 315670

Multicultural Feminism Transforming Democracy

The author discusses Critical Race Feminism and Kimberl� Crenshaw�s observation that the theoretical erasure of Black women in legal scholarship leads to their actual erasure in the law. This concept serves as a point of departure to look for answers to the following question: What protection do Black women receive under the constitutions of the United States and South Africa?

Other Issues

July 2013, Volume 14, Number 3
April 2007, Volume 8, Number 2
January 2007, Volume 8, Number 1
Deterritorializing American Culture, 23
Safundi Issue 22, Issue 22
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
February 2002, Issue 08
November 2001, Issue 07
July 2001, Issue 06
April 2001, Issue 05
January 2001, Issue 04
October 2000, Issue 03
July 2000, Issue 02