Tshepo Masango Chéry
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- Phone: 512 471-4693
- Office: JES A232BC
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Dr. Tshepo Masango Chéry is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. She will join the faculty in African and African Diasporic Studies as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2013. She earned her PhD in history with a certificate in Africana Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Her teaching and research interests include: Southern African history, racial formation, religious activism, and black nationalism.
Her first book project, Kingdoms of the Earth: Coloured Identity and Religious Activism in South Africa, reexamines the racial contours of black nationalism and religious activism, linking together the political ambitions of South African Ethiopianism, American Garveyism, and East African radicalism. Her work has been supported by the Fontaine Society, Annenberg Foundation, and the University of Virginia's Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies.
AFR 372G • Rainbow Nation: Race In S Afr
MWF 100pm-200pm JES A203A
Between 2001 and 2010, close to a hundred and thirty South Africans sought asylum in the non-racial, democratic, post-apartheid South Africa. White South Africans who currently comprise nine percent of the nation’s population initiated many of these cases. In a high profile case, Brandon Huntley gained refugee status in Canada when he claimed that criminal activity in South Africa was racially motivated and he would likely be a target. His argument was that white South Africans were experiencing increased racial discrimination in post-apartheid South Africa. These contemporary racial issues affect the social, political, and economic climate in South Africa today. However, these issues are rooted in a long history of racial categorization and classification created by white missionaries, explorers, and colonial agents. Racial identification and division was indeed a product of white rule in South Africa.
This class will examine the long history of racial formation in South Africa. Its focus will be in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when various South African regimes began to formalize racial segregation and South African apartheid. The course will not only trace the creation of different racial groups, paying attention to racial distinctions such as “Coloured” and “native” that divided people of color and kept them from forming coalitions. Furthermore, the course will also explore the ways these different racial groups particularly those of color generated cultural creativity. Ultimately, these racial groups—whites, blacks, Coloureds, and Asians and the racial diversity it represents became a new source of pride for post-apartheid South Africa. South Africa calls itself the “rainbow nation” because it claims to have taken its dark history of racial division and transformed it into a history of racial diversity.
Texts (needs to be specific texts, not “course packet” or “TBA)”:
Saul Dubow, Scientific Racism in Modern South Africa (Cambridge: Cambridge University
*Zimiteri Erasmus, Coloured History, Shaped by History: New Perspectives on Coloured
Identities (Cape Town: Kwela Books, 2002).
Iris Berger, South Africa in World History (Albany: University of Albany, 2009).
Nigel Worden, Making of Modern South Africa: Conquest, Segregation and Apartheid (London:
*Selected Chapters from the book.
Grading breakdown (percentages):
Film Review 15%
Final Exam 35%
AFR 372G • Jesus, Africa, And History
TTH 200pm-330pm JES A218A
(also listed as
R S 360 )
The belief in Jesus through Christianity has been a a tool of colonial oppression, subjection, and alienation as well as a forum of African resistance and cultural appropriation. This course charts the development of Christianity in Africa, taking note of its mutually transformative processes for missionaries and for converts, this course approaches the belief in Jesus in Africa as a genuine spiritual experience, and as a site white modern African political and intellectual history can be examined. It is especially attune to the religious traditions African Christians integrated in their religious practice both in mission and African Initiated Churches. This course seeks to introduce students to some of the most formidable scholarship on African Christianity. It is both a course in which we will be attentive to the largest scholarly debates and also contextualize this work into the meteoric rise of African-Initiated Churches in Africa and among Africans abroad, keeping its history at the center.
Attendance 10%Participation 10%Quizzes 10%Review Essay 20%Midterm 25%Final Exam 25%
Cornaroff, Jean and John. Of Revelation & RevolutionHoefler-Fatton, Cynthia. Women of Fire & SpiritMagaziner, Dan. The Law and The Prophets.Mbiti, John. African Religions and Prophecy.
AFR 372G • Histories African Liberation
MWF 1200pm-100pm PAR 306
(also listed as
HIS 364G )
Is Africa free from all forms of colonialism? This course engages this question by examining the historical moment of African independence. It focuses on a variety of texts, both primary and secondary, from across the continent and beyond that embody the romantic visions, realistic compromises, and some of the tragic aftermaths of independence on the African continent. The course will explore themes that include an examination of the anti-colonial movement, the role of Pan-Africanism within nationalistic dialogues, the strengths and weakness of African nationalism after independence, as well as the challenges of nationalism in contemporary Africa.