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Acknowledgements The writing of manuscript versions of this narrative coincided with my relocation from Cape Town to Johannesburg at the beginning of 2011. For this born-and-bred Capetonian, adjusting to Gauteng was an interesting process. It was facilitated by Professor John Wright, my colleague at the Rock Art Research Institute (RARI), whose generous engagement in my writing and thinking over the past five years has added immeasurably to this book. John must also be thanked for introducing me to former RARI director Professor Ben Smith, who offered me an Honorary Research Fellowship at the Institute. I am grateful to Ben for supporting my affiliation to RARI, and for facilitating, with Professors Karim Sadr and Helder Marques, my shortterm Postdoctoral FRC Grant from the Faculty of Science at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2011. Thanks also to current RARI director Professor David Pearce who readily supported the extension of my fellowship, and in so doing enabled me to continue to benefit from a collegial environment as I finalised my manuscript. The final draft of this biography was prepared with the support of the American Council of Learned Societies’(ACLS) African Humanities Fellowship Programme established with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. I was a recipient of an ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowship in the ­African Humanities Programme in 2011/12, and have benefited greatly from ongoing interaction and networking facilitated through that organisation. My research on Dorothea Bleek began nearly 10 years ago as I embarked on PhD studies at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). I am grateful to my supervisor Andrew Bank for his close engagement with my research, and for sharing his impressive knowledge of the Bleek and Lloyd notebooks with me. Support for my PhD came via an Andrew W. Mellon-supported Fellowship in the Programme on the Study of the Humanities in Africa (PSHA) at the Centre for Humanities Research at UWC. I thank Professor Premesh Lalu, director of the Centre for Humanities Research, for providing Book 1.indb 11 10/12/15 10:57 AM D O R O T H E A B L E E K xii a challenging space in which to grow my ideas, and Professors Leslie Witz and Ciraj Rassool of the History Department at UWC for their interest over the years. Premesh arranged my Mellon-supported Visiting Scholar sojourn at the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Global Change at the University of Minnesota (UMN) during 2010, where several draft chapters of this work were written. I thank Professors Helena Pohlandt-McCormick, Allan Isaacman and Eric Sheppard, Dr Karen Brown and Dr Jim Johnson for their interest and support during my visit. At the University of Cape Town (UCT), Professors Nick Shepherd, Pippa Skotnes, John Parkington and Carolyn Hamilton have happily shared their time and knowledge at many different points on this intellectual journey. For their professionalism and friendly assistance, I thank Lesley Hart, Janine Dunlop, André Landman and Isaac Ntabakulu who helped in many ways with my research at UCT’s Manuscripts and Archives Department, and Gerald Klinghardt and Petro Keene at the Iziko South African Museum. Patricia Scott Deetz has been unstinting in sharing memories of her childhood home in Cape Town with ‘Great Aunt D’. I appreciate the lengths to which she has gone to include the memories of her sister Anne Scott Roos in her responses to all of my queries. Those memories and her knowledge of Bleek-Lloyd and Scott family history have greatly enriched this book. In addition, the insights gained from the letters Dorothea Bleek wrote to Käthe Woldmann have been an invaluable resource. I must thank José Manuel de Prada Samper for pointing out the presence of the letters to me, and Hannelore van Rhyneveld for translating them from their original German into English. Many of the illustrations in this book are reproduced from collections held by UCT Libraries and Iziko Museums of South Africa. I thank Clive Kirkwood of Special Collections and Archives at UCT, and Lalou Meltzer, director of Social History Collections at Iziko, for their kind permission. Parts of the Introduction and Chapter 1 have appeared in a chapter entitled ‘Colonial adventurer, loyal follower or problematic afterthought? Revisiting the life and scholarship of Dorothea Bleek’, in The Courage of //Kabbo: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Publication of Specimens of Bushman Folklore, edited by Janette Deacon and Pippa Skotnes (UCT Press, 2014). A Book 1.indb 12 10/12/15 10:57 AM...

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ISBN
9781868148820
Related ISBN
9781868148790
MARC Record
OCLC
957318242
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-01
Language
English
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No
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