Marijke du Toit
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|I am currently engaged in extensive
archival research on the broad history of state social welfare and of
the child welfare movement in South Africa from the late 1930s and as
reconfigured and elaborated during apartheid. This archival research
project is complemented by my interest in visual and also multi-lingual
approaches to qualitative research.
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|‘Photographic portraiture, neighbourhood activism and apartheid’s industrial legacy: Reflections on the Breathing Spaces exhibition’, Kronos, Volume 35 (1), 2009, pp.175-193. Co-authored with Jenny Gordon, Rhodes University.|
|‘The Means to Turn the Social Key: The South Durban Photography
Project’s Workshops for First-time Photographers’ in De Lange et al
(eds) Putting People in the Picture: Visual Methodologies for social Change (Sense Publishers, 2007). Co-authored with Jenny Gordon, Rhodes University.
|‘Binnelandse Reise (Journeys to the Interior): Photographs from the Carnegie Commission of Investigation into the Poor White Problem, 1929/1932’, Kronos, 2006, pp. 49-76.|
|‘The General View and Beyond: From Slum-yard to Township in Ellen
Hellman’s Photographs of Women and the African Familial in the 1930s’, Gender and History, Volume 7 (3) 2005, pp. 593-626.
|‘The Domesticity of Afrikaner Nationalism: Volksmoeders and the ACVV, 1904-c.1929’, Journal of Southern African Studies 28 (1), March 2003, pp. 155-176.|
|‘Framing Volksmoeders: the Politics of Female Afrikaner Nationalists’ in Right-Wing Women : From Conservatives to Extremists Around the World (New York: Routledge 2002 ).|
|‘”Moeder-meesteres”: Dutch-Afrikaans women’s entry into the public
sphere in the Cape Colony, 1860-1896′ in Woodward, Hayes and Minkley
eds, Deep Histories: Gender and Colonialism in Southern Africa (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2002), pp.165-176.
|‘Blank Verbeeld, or the incredible whiteness of being: Amateur photography and Afrikaner nationalist historical narrative’, Kronos, Volume 27, 2001 (Special Issue on Visual History), pp. 77-113.|
|‘Telling Tales: The Politics of Language in Oral Historiography’, South African Historical Journal , Volume 42, 2000), pp. 89-120.|
|‘Dangerous Motherhood’: Maternity care and the Gendered construction of Afrikaner Identity, 1904-1939’, in Women and Children First, International Maternal and Infant Welfare, 1870-1945, eds. V. Fieldes and L. Marks (Routledge 1992), pp. 203 – 229.|
|‘”Die Bewustheid van Armoed”’: The work of the ACVV, 1904-1939’, Social Dynamics, 18 (2) 1992.|
|I curated two very extensive research-based exhibitions in prestigious
galleries in Cape Town together with photographer Jenny Gordon. The
‘Breathing Spaces’ exhibition was the culmination of a series of
exhibitions that integrated community-participative research production
and public presentation.
|From 2002 to 2005, exhibitions comprised work produced in photographic
workshops (by first- time photographers). The exhibitions included the
results of research into the history of popular visual photographic
culture. The workshops were offered to residents of Durban’s southern
Industrial basin. The final ‘Breathing Spaces’ exhibition included
Gordon’s portrait and landscape photographs, photographs by residents
and reproductions of personal and family photographs from ca
1950s-1980s. Extracts from interviews also accompanied the photographs.
|I currently teach a third year undergraduate course on history of
twentieth century South Africa (Hist302). These courses reflect my
strong interest to incorporate a range of approaches that teach the
‘languages’ of qualitative research and primary document analysis. I am
developing a multi-lingual approach to teaching South African history in
which I make extensive use of texts from indigenous language newspapers
(isiZulu and isiXhosa) from the first decades of the 20th
century. I also draw on my interest in visuality and photography and
have integrated aspects of how visual texts may be read into this
module. My graduate teaching reflect my interest in the range of
approaches to qualitative research in historical studies. I have
previously also taught undergraduate modules in Internet Studies, in
which I taught theories of visual analysis and advanced qualitative
research and analysis in an on-line context.
- Topics in Twentieth Century History (HIST302H2)
- Critical Approaches to Oral and Public History (HIST707H1)
- Theory and Method in Historical Research (HIST700H2)
Student Supervision Record (Masters, Current)
- Liezl Gevers: ‘Black Sash and Red Tape’: the plight of the African aged in KwaZulu and Natal 1979-1990″. Honours diss., University of KwaZulu Natal, 2011.
- Hannah Keal: “Harriet Bolton: Trade Unionist and Activist – A Bbiography” (MA, 2009)
- Abigail Donaldson: ‘Through the Widow’s Window: Mildred Burwood Lavoipierre, a Memoir from 1942-1952 (2009)
- Kyla O’Neil: Seeking in Silence: The Challenges of Writing the Recent History of Intersexuality in South African from 1950 – present (2009)
- Suryakanthie Chetty: ‘Our Victory was Our Defeat’: Race, Gender and Liberalism in the Union Defence Force, 1939 – 1945’ (PhD, 2005)
- Vashna Jagarnath: ‘Remembering the impact of Apartheid Race legislation: An oral history of Sydenham 1950-1990’, (MA, 2006)