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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New Haven, CT 06520
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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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April 2005, Issue 18

Immigration: The Forgotten Factor in Cape Colonial Frontier Expansion, 1658-1817

The paper argues that the immigration of single European males to the Cape throughout the Dutch period has been overlooked in the debate about the expansion of the frontier. The presence of these immigrants affected the demography of the settlement and accounts for the consistently high free male sex ratio at the Cape. The paper challenges the mythology of large self-perpetuating pre-1707 settler families using up available land and pushing the frontier forward. It also draws attention to the fact that the Dutch East India Company, while not actively supporting immigration, was favorably disposed to able-bodied single men in their service taking up residence at the Cape, as thousands of successful applications for burgher status indicate. These immigrants, drawn from economically depressed urban areas of northern Europe, cautiously entered the settler economy first as knechts, bywoners, hunters, traders, and graziers, before ultimately acquiring their own farms. It was they, who as early as 1702, made contact with the Xhosa. Moreover, they vied with Cape-born men for marital partners. Local women, both slave and free, showed a preference for the newcomers, demonstrating a tendency to exogamy not appreciated in the persistent mythology of a closed settler community, or a herrenvolk democracy.

Unbowed and Unbanned: The South African Freedom Charter at Fifty

Adopted in South Africa in 1955 by forces opposed to the regime, the South African Freedom Charter was one of the most important hortatory declarations of the post-Cold War era. The Charter was adopted by the largest multiracial assembly in the history of the country at that time. The campaign leading up to the Charter's creation introduced thousands to political activity and put to the test the ideas of the opposition movement about non-racial, non-sectarian politics and coalition building. The Charter also provided a lightening rod for the regime's attacks against the liberation movement. The document was the smoking gun in the 1956 Treason Trial--proof of the movement's "revolutionary" and "communist" aims. This article situates the story of the Freedom Charter in the ideological history of the South African liberation movement from the 1950s to the 1990s. It considers its role in shaping the constitutive instruments of the post-apartheid era, and it assesses the Charter's contribution to the global dialogue in human rights over the relationship between political and socioeconomic rights.

The Burden of Celebrating True Greatness: "A Response to Derek Catsam's ""Choosing the Wings on Which One Soars"""

The author, whose paper in Safundi Issue 16--"Soaring on the Wings of Pride: Martin Luther King Jr. and the 'New' South Africa"--prompted a response from Safundi reader Derek Catsam, counters the reader's criticisms and explains further why he feels Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy continued to have a significant influence on South Africa through the 1980s. Additionally, notes the author, "We need to continue [this] dialogue because the last remnants of apartheid in the United States and South Africa have not yet faded."

What’s Greatness Got to Do with It?: A Response to a Response

The author continues a discussion on Martin Luther King Jr.'s lasting legacy in South Africa in the 1980s, begun with the publication of Lewis V. Baldwin's article in Safundi Issue 16, "Soaring on the Wings of Pride: Martin Luther King Jr. and the 'New' 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
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
November 2001, Issue 07
July 2001, Issue 06
April 2001, Issue 05
January 2001, Issue 04
October 2000, Issue 03
July 2000, Issue 02