Janeke D Thumbran
I am a PhD candidate in African history at the University of Minnesota. My dissertation “Community by Design: Self-Reliance and Trusteeship at the University of Pretoria, 1948-2012” is on a former all-white university in South Africa. It examines the university’s attempts to create community during the apartheid period by conceiving of itself as a trustee of black neighborhoods in and around Pretoria. Looking specifically at how the disciplines of sociology, social work and architecture were used as the mechanisms for community and trusteeship during apartheid, I argue that the university’s policy of community engagement serves a similar function in the post-apartheid period.