School of Social Sciences

Mandy Goedhals

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Mandy Goedhals

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Mandy Goedhals

Mandy Goedhals Position Professor
Discipline History, Society & Social Change Cluster
Phone 033 260 5283
Campus Pietermaritzburg Campus
Office Address 340A, New Arts Building

Degrees Held

  • BA, BA(Hons), MA, PhD, HDipLib (Rhodes)

Research Interest

Gender, politics and religion in Southern Africa, with particular reference to culture, education and health  

Selected Publications:



Change and Challenge: Essays commemorating the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Robert Gray as first Bishop of Cape Town Johannesburg, CPSA 1998 (edited volume,  with John Suggit)

Chapters in Books

  • ‘From Paternalism to Partnership? The Church of the Province of Southern Africa and Mission 1848-1988’ in Frank England and Torquil Paterson (eds) Bounty in Bondage Johannesburg, Ravan 1989, 104-129

  • ‘Imperialism, mission and conversion’ in Andrew Chandler The Terrible Alternative London, Cassell 1998, 28-45

  • ‘ “Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands to God”: the Order of Ethiopia and the Church of the Province of Southern Africa 1899-1999’ in Daniel O’Connor (ed) Three Centuries of Mission: the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel London, Continuum 2000, 382-394
  • ‘ “The bravest woman I have ever known”: Frances Colenso 1816-1893’ in Jonathan Draper (ed) The eye of the storm: essays in Bishop John William Colenso London, T&T Clark 2003, 326-344

Journal Articles

  • ‘Canterbury and Cape Town 1848-1988: changing patterns of authority and unity in the Anglican Communion, with particular reference to the relationship between the Church of England and the Church of the Province of South Africa’ Studiae Historiae Ecclesiasticae  xv, 1, 1989

  • Ungumpriste: a study of the life of Peter Masiza, first black priest in the Church of the Province of Southern Africa’ Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 68, September 1989.

  • ‘Liberals and radicals in South African historiography: the implications for South African church history’  Studiae Historiae Ecclesiasticae  xx, 2, 1994

  • ‘Colonialism, culture, Christianity and the struggle for selfhood’ AlterNation 32, 2, 2000

  • ‘African nationalism and indigenous Christianity: a study in the life of James Calata (1895-1983) Journal of Religion in Africa 33,1, 2003

  • ‘Nuns, guns and nursing: an Anglican sisterhood and imperial wars in South Africa 1879-1902’ Studiae Historiae Ecclesiasticae  xxxiv, 1, 2008

Selected Awards and Professional Honours

  • University of Durban-Westville Research grant
  • NRF research grant The Past as Indigenous Knowledge
  • Ernest Oppenheimer Scholarship for Eastern Cape History

University appointments

  • Head of the School of Anthropology, Gender and Historical Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal 2005- June 2011
  • Head of the School of Social Sciences and Development Studies, University of Durban-Westville 2001 – 2004
  • Head of the History Department, University of Durban-Westville, 1997-2000
  • Member of University Senate, University of Durban-Westville and University of KwaZulu-Natal, 1997 to June 2011
  • Member of Senate Committee for UKZN Transformation Charter
  • Member of Faculty Executive Committee 2001 – 2011
  • Member of University Library Committee, member of Advisory Committee of Alan Paton Centre and Struggle Archive and various other university bodies during period 2001-2011  

Current Teaching

HIST105 Empires of the Modern World 
The idea of empire is at the heart of our debates about what is wrong with the world today.  The tensions and challenges that empires have bequeathed shape our everyday lives. This course introduces students to some of the key features of eastern and western imperial systems, with particular reference to China, Russia and the United States, and with a special focus on the institutional, cultural and economic impact on Africa, through a series of case studies.
HIST201 Law, Crime and Society in History 
This course examines the changing social context in which ideas about law, crime, freedom, power and rights have been codified and challenged in different regions of the world; whether law shapes society ot society shapes law; changing definitions of crime and punishment; criminalisation of the poor; the role of law in colonialism and capitalist development; crimes of modern states; how traumatic histories should be remembered and addressed. Specific case studies include the use of the death penalty, the Mau Mau in Kenya, apartheid and the TRC in South Africa, sati in India, as well as examples from the history of the United States and the Soviet Union.
HICH110 History of Christianity
 Introduction to the history of Christianity to 1500, with special focus on Africa
THEO718 History of Missions and Churches
Historical methodology with special reference to sources, particularly archival sources

Courses Previously Taught

  • Introduction to World Societies
  • Perspectives on Regional Heritage
  • Family, Love and Adultery
  • Introduction to the Political Economy of Southern Africa
  • Contemporary Leaders and Related Sites
  • Oral Tradition as Heritage
  • Historiography and Research Methodology
  • History and Ethnography of Southern Africa
  • Social Systems of the Eastern Seaboard
  • United States in the 20th Century

Recent and current graduate students supervised with thesis/research interests

Graduate students supervised to completion

  • NP Cele (MA by research) ‘Urban and rural encounters: aspects of social and political change in the Port Shepstone district 1860s to 1890s’ (completed 1998)
  • MC Dlamuka (MA by research) ‘Identities, memories, histories and representation: the role of museums in 20th century KwaZulu-Natal’ (completed 2001) (co-supervision with Mr S Leech)
  • H Govinden (MA by research) ‘The Anglican Church among Indians in KwaZulu-Natal’ (completed 2003)
  • T Magasela (MA by Coursework) ‘Child welfare in KwaMashu 1959-1994’ (completed 2000)
  • S Majeke (PhD) ‘School-going youth, sexuality and HIV prevention in northern KwaZulu-Natal: a gender perspective’ (completed 2011) (supervised after primary supervisors Prof C Burns and Prof R Morrell left UKZN)
  • GOS Nene (MA by research) ‘A critical evaluation of the role of the Zulu monarch, Cyprian Bhekuzulu ka Solomon 1948-1968 in the history of KwaZulu-Natal’ (completed 1999)
  • G Pillay (MA by Coursework) ‘A study of indigent children in Durban 1900-1945’ (completed 2002)
  • YI Ramcheron (MA by research) ‘Crime and punishment with particular reference to the poll tax and its impact on African chiefdoms in the magisterial districts of Ixopo, Richmond and Umzinto 1888-1924 (completed 1997)

Plus  honours research projects

Community Involvement

  • Presentations as a guest speaker when invited
  • Assisting members of the public with information or advice about history queries
  • Responding to media requests for information and comment
  • Identifying key historical documents in private hands and advising regarding deposit in archives
  • Assisting community organisations with various projects, for example history of Anglican Diocese of Natal (current)