Alternation is an interdisciplinary academic peer-reviewed open access journal for policy makers, practitioners, and the research community, on the Arts and Humanities and related fields in Southern Africa. Each journal issue is thematic, and the product of an Alternation Research Group under the leadership of one or more of the members of the Alternation Editorial Committee. Alternation invites articles, and responses to articles of up to 10 000 words dealing with topics relevant to the contemporary scholarly significance of the academic comparative study of the Arts and Humanities. (Longer articles may also be considered for publication.) Book reviews between 1000-1200 words are also welcome.

Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Johannes A. Smit
Associate Editor: Prof. Nobuhle P. Hlongwa

Online ISSN: 2519-5476
Print ISSN: 1023-1757

Curriculum without Borders: Transdisciplinary, Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Teaching in Higher Education


We call on curriculum theorists, analysts, practitioners and all who have been immersed in curriculum work to share their explorations, experiences, experiments, case studies, theorisations and constructive methodologies. We are keen to gain insights into successful and not so successful adventures in curriculum change and transformation, which provide the philosophical and pragmatic terrain to re-imagine and posit future directions in higher education curricula.



Women’s History and Subjectivity. An Appreciative and Critical Engagement of the Marginalization of Women’s Role to, and in Democracy: Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Mama Albertina Sisulu, and the Forgotten Women of the Liberation Struggle of South Africa

Constantly and portentously, the history of South Africa remains merely his story not her story. This special issue of Alternation challenges this slanted version of and portrayal of the anti-apartheid struggle as male-centric, bourgeois and urban. Specifically, it seeks to incorporate and document the role and contributions of ordinary women – unidentified and/or unsung – who never and/or barely make it into the history books. There were/ are innumerable diverse women of all walks of life – from poor, and rural settings – who were involved in South Africa’s liberation struggle. This special issue is therefore an attempt to demasculinize and decolonialize history and view it from the perspective of the individuals who lived that history, especially ordinary women. We invite papers to deal with the above contestations regarding women as subjects of history in the anti-apartheid struggle. We encourage scholarly papers that are theoretically and conceptually sound, which engage with new and diverse methodological approaches, and offer innovative research focuses. Grounded on the broader issue of this call, sub-themes include:

South Africa’s road to democracy and the decolonialisation of history

South Africa’s road to democracy and the depatriachalisation of history

South Africa’s road to democracy and (unidentified/unsung) women’s histories/narratives

South Africa’s road to democracy and political and gender struggles/nature of women’s resistance

South Africa’s road to democracy and gendered nationalisms and liberations/women’s subjectivity and agency

South Africa: Re-imagining the Rainbow Nation


Alternation Call for Papers South Africa: Re-imagining the Rainbow Nation Editors: Dr. Syeda Lubna Bano Nadvi, Dr. Cheryl Mohamed Sayeed, and Prof Johannes A. Smit The birth of a democratic South Africa in 1994 gave impetus to the idea of the possibility of crafting a new, and just post-apartheid society, one that was formed on the values of equality for all, human rights and economic prosperity. The idea of the creation of a rainbow nation which would incorporate the diverse communities that resided in the country, was advanced by many in the leadership structures as the perfect ideology underpinning the new South Africa. We invite the submission of critically engaging papers that explore this theme of re-imagining South Africa from discipline-specific, and multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinary perspectives. President Ramaphosa’s call of Thuma Mina, opened up the civil society space, as a space for multiple, individual and collective imaginative interventions, creation of opportunities, and projects. It invites greater civil society participation across a wide array of both national, and civil society initiatives. It also challenges individuals and organizations, but also governance and economic structures to not only collectively imagine a new future, but, especially, to creatively and constructively engage the still untransformed, unreconstructed, and inveterate social systems and structures that stand in the way of a fully free and equal South Africa.

Vol 24 No 1 (2017): 21st Century Geo-political Discourses on India’s Diaspora: Global Perspectives

Diaspora studies endeavours to understand and describe transnational experiences of migration within an inter-disciplinary perspective among fields as diverse as literature and cultural studies, economics, anthropology, and sociology. Scholarly studies of migrations, as is present in diaspora criticism, are not, and cannot be, a system of ordered and forced rules or critical regulations. The fluctuating nature of the material, and the constantly changing quality of international evidence and private awareness, mean there cannot be and should not be any single, coherently determined method of diaspora inquiry. This means that diaspora studies, is, by its very nature, quite diverse, theoretically, as well as methodologically.

Published: 2018-10-20

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