IOWC Associate: Nigel Worden

Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Cape Town, Nigel Worden is an internationally renowned scholar of South African and Indian Ocean world history. He holds a PhD degree in History from Cambridge University and BA degrees in both Linguistics and Art History from the University of South Africa. In 2014 Professor Worden was appointed a Fellow of UCT in recognition of the quality of his research and he has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the U.S Council on Public History's 1995 G. Wesley Johnson Award for best article in the field of public history published in 1994; a UCT Meritorious publication award in 2000 for Cape Town: The Making of a City; an Overseas Visiting Fellowship at St. John's College, Cambridge in 2002; the 2003-2004 Nelson Mandela Chair in Humanities grant to edit a volume of slave court testimonies published by the Van Riebeeck Society; and the Western Cape Provincial Honours: Premier’s Commendation for contributions to the study of slavery in 2005. In 2012-14 Professor Worden ran with Professor Penny Russell (University of Sydney) a three-year research project entitled, "Empires of Honour: Violence and Virtue in Colonial Societies, 1750-1850, " funded by the Australian Research Council.  He currently is associated with research groups in the Netherlands investigating the Indian Ocean slave trade.



2016 Co-editor (with Penny Russel) Honourable intentions? Violence and Virtue in Australian and Cape Colonies, c 1750 to 1850. London: Routledge.

2012 Cape Town between East and West: Social identities in a Dutch colonial town. Jacana, Johannesburg and Verloren: Hilversum.

2007 Social identity and material culture in the VOC world. Cape Town: University of Cape Town. (Conference proceedings)

2007 Co-author (with Jean Bottaro and Pippa Visser), In Search of History, Grade 12. Cape Town: Oxford University Press.

2006 Co-author (with Jean Bottaro and Pippa Visser), In Search of History, Grade 11. Cape Town: Oxford University Press.

2005 Co-editor (with Gerald Groenewald), Trials of slavery: Selected documents concerning slaves from the criminal records of the Council of Justice at the Cape of Good Hope, 1705-1794. Cape Town: Van Riebeeck Society.

2005 Co-author (with Jean Bottaro and Pippa Visser), In Search of History, Grade 10. Cape Town: Oxford University Press.

2000 The making of modern South Africa: Conquest, segregation and apartheid, Third edition. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

1999 Co-author (with E. Van Heyningen and V. Bickford-Smith), Cape Town in the Twentieth Century. Cape Town: David Philip.

1998 Co-author (with E. Van Heyningen and V. Bickford-Smith), Cape Town: The Making of a City. Cape Town: David Philip.

1998 A Concise Dictionary of South African History. Cape Town: Francolin Publishers.

1996 The Chains That Bind Us. Cape Town: Juta.

1995-1996 Co-author (with Jean Bottaro and Pippa Visser), In Search of History, Primary 1 and 2, Secondary 1 and 2. Cape Town: Oxford University Press.

1995 The making of modern South Africa: Conquest, segregation and apartheid, Second edition. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

1994 Co-editor (with C. Crais), Breaking the Chains: Slavery and emancipation in the nineteenth-century Cape Colony. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press.

1993 The making of modern South Africa: Conquest, segregation and apartheid. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

1986 Co-author (with Candy Malherbe), Always Working. Pietermaritzburg: Shuter and Shooter in association with African Studies Centre, UCT. (Reprinted and translated into Afrikaans in 1990.)

1985 Slavery in Dutch South Africa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Reprinted in 1987.)

Articles, Chapters and Reviews


2017 ‘Writing the global Indian Ocean’, Journal of Global History (in press)

2016 ‘Indian Ocean slaves in Cape Town, 1695-1807’, Journal of Southern African Studies 42:3, 389-408

2016 ‘The Dutch empire: Africa’ in The Encyclopedia of Empire, edited by John M. MacKenzie. (John Wiley: Malden, MA) 

2014 'Unbridled passions’: honour and status in late 18th century Cape Town’ in Carolyn Strange, Robert Cribb and Christopher Forth (eds.), Honour, Violence and Emotion: Historical Perspectives (Bloomsbury Publishers: London), 89-106.

2014 ‘Cape slaves in the paper empire of the VOC’, Kronos 40, 23-44.

2013 ‘Forgot'Forgotten revolutionaries: slave resistance at the Cape, 1760-1808’ in C.Thibaud et al (eds), L’Atlantique révolutionnaire: une perspective ibéro-américaine (Les Perséides, Bécherel), 421-46.

2012 ‘La Esclavitud y la memoria pública en Sudáfrica’ in Marisa Pineau (ed.), Huellas y legados de la esclavitud en las Américas (Editorial de la Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires), 103-20.

2011 Co-author (with with A. Malan), "Constructing and contesting histories of slavery at the Cape, South Africa." Proceedings of the British Academy 168: 393–419.

2010 "'Armed with ostrich feathers': cultural revolution and the Cape slave uprising of 1808." In War, Empire and Slavery, 1770-1830, edited by Richard Bessel, Nicholas Guyatt and Jane Rendall, 121-138. London: Palgrave.

2010 "National identity and heritage tourism in Melaka." In Heritage tourism in Southeast Asia, edited by M. Hitchcock, V. King and M. Psarnwell, 130-146. Copenhagen: NIAS Press.

2010 "After race and class: recent trends in the historiography of early colonial Cape society." South African Historical Journal 62.3: 589-602.

2009 "Coercizione e libertà nella Colonia del Capo, Sudafrica, 1652-1806." Afriche e Orienti 11.3-4: 17-36.

2009 "Below the line the devil reigns: death and dissent aboard a VOC vessel." South African Historical Journal 61.4: 701-729.

2009 "Demanding satisfaction: violence, masculinity and honour in late eighteenth-century Cape Town." Kronos 35: 32-47.

2009 "Roundtable: Kerry Ward, Networks of Empire: Forced Migration in the Dutch East India Company." International Journal of Maritime History 21.1: 335-340.

2009 "The changing politics of slave heritage in the Western Cape, South Africa." Journal of African History 50 (2009), 23-40.

2007 "VOC Cape Town as an Indian Ocean port." In Cross Currents and Community Networks: The history of the Indian Ocean world, edited by Himanshu Ray and Edward Alpers, 142-162. Delhi: Oxford University Press.

2007 "Cape Town." In Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History vol. I, edited by John B. Hattendorf, 338. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2007 "Strangers ashore: Sailor identity and social conflict in mid-18th century Cape Town." Kronos 33: 72-83.

2007 "New approaches to VOC history in South Africa." South African Historical Journal 59: 3-18.

2006 "L'esclavagisme dans l'ocean Indien et ses consequences dans la colonie du Cape." Cahiers des Anneaux de la Memoire 9: 331-358.

2006 "Coercion and freedom in the Cape Colony, 1652-1856." In The Faces of Freedom: The manumission and emancipation of slaves in Old World and New World slavery, edited by M. Kleijwegt, 185-213. Leiden: Brill.

2006 "'What are we?': Proteus and the problematising of history." In Black and White in Colour: African history on screen, edited by V. Bickford-Smith and R. Mendelsohn, 82-96. Oxford: James Currey.

2005 "Cape Colony: origins, settlement and trade," "Cape Colony: Khoisan resistance," "Cape slavery," and "Cape Town." In Encyclopedia of African History, edited by K. Shillington, 208-212 and 215-217. London: Fitzroy Dearborn.

2005 "Artisan conflicts in a colonial context: the Cape Town blacksmith strike of 1752." Labor History 46.2: 155-184.

2005 "Indian Ocean slavery and its demise in the Cape Colony." In Abolition and its Aftermath in Indian Ocean Africa and Asia, edited by G. Campbell, 29-49. London: Routledge.

2004 "Writing and teaching the history of unfree labour in Africa and the Indian Ocean in the Twenty-First century." South African Historical Journal 50: 236-240.

2003 "Apartheid." In Encyclopedia of Community, edited by Karen Christensen and David Levinson, 48-52. New York: Sage Publishers.

2003 "Cape Town and Port Louis in the eighteenth century." In The Indian Ocean Rim: Southern Africa and Regional Co-Operation, edited by G. Campbell, 42-53. London: Routledge Curzon.

2003 "National identity and heritage tourism in Melaka." Indonesia and Malay World 31: 31-43.

2002 "Slavery, memory and amnesia in the Indian Ocean world." In Esclavage et memoire dans l'ócean Indien, edited by J. Chan Low. Port Louis: University of Mauritius Press.

2002 "Ethnic diversity at the VOC Cape." In Domestic interiors at the Cape and in Batavia, 1602-1795, edited by T. Eliëns, 129-137. Den Haag: Waanders Uitgevers, Zwolle and Gemeentemuseum. (Translated as Wonen op de Kaap en Batavia.)

2002 "Forging a reputation: artisan honour and the Cape Town blacksmith strike of 1752." Kronos: Journal of Cape History 28: 36-54.

2001 "'Where it all began': the representation of Malaysian heritage in Melaka." International Journal of Heritage Studies 7.3: 199-218.

2001 "The forgotten region: commemorations of slavery in Mauritius and South Africa." In Facing Up To the Past, edited by G. Oostindie, 48-54. The Hague: Ian Randle.

2000 "VOC Cape Town: a Dutch-Asian city in Africa." In Globalisation and its Impact in the South-West Indian Ocean, edited by S. Evers and V. Hooksooming. Moka: Mauritius and Leiden.

1999 "Space and social identity in VOC Cape Town." Kronos 25: 72-87.

1999 "Herdenking van de slavernij op Mauritius en in de Kaapkolonie." In Het verleden onder ogen: herdenking van de slavernij, edited by G.J. Oostindie. The Hague: Uitjeverij Arena.

1998 Co-author (with K. Ward), "Commemorating, Suppressing and Invoking Cape Slavery." In Negotiating the Past: The making of memory in South Africa, edited by S. Nuttall and C. Coetzee, 201-217. Cape Town: Oxford University Press.

1998 Co-author (with K. Ward),"Indonesia," "Philippines," "Southeast Asia: Slavery" and "Southeast Asia: Slave Trade." In Macmillan Encylopedia of World Slavery, edited by P. Finkelman and J. Miller, 427-428, 706-707, 849-851 and 865-867. New York: Macmillan.

1997 "Contested Heritage in a South African City: Cape Town." In Contested Urban Heritage: Voices from the Periphery, B. Shaw and R. Jones, 31-61. Aldershot: Ashgate.

1997 "Apartheid," "Cape Colony," "Mfecane" and "Great Trek." In The Historical Encylopedia of World Slavery, edited by J. Rodriguez, 42-43, 123-124, 432-433, 311-312. Santa Barbara: Clio.

1996 "Public history in the New South Africa." Perspectives, Newsletter of the US Historical Association, 34.2: 1-8.

1996 Co-author (with E. van Heyningen), "Signs of the times: heritage, tourism, and the Cape Town Waterfront." Cahiers d'Etudes Africaines 141-142: 215-236.

1996 "Contested space and image at the Cape Town Waterfront." Acta Geographica Lovaniensia 36: 95-107.

1996 "Missing heads: public history in South Africa." Itinerario 20.3: 125-132.

1996 "Contested history at the Cape Town Waterfront." International Journal of Heritage Studies 2: 59-75.

1996 "Una storia nuova per un nuovo Sudafrica?" In Il nuovo Sudafrica, edited by I. Vivian, 41-68. Firenze: Scandicci.

1995 "Le leopard peut-il changer ses taches? De Klerk et l'arriere-plan de la reforme democratique en Afrique du Sud." In Democratie et developpement: mirage ou espoir raisonnable?, edited by M. Esoavelomandroso and G. Feltz, 131-150. Paris: Karthala.

1994 "Slave apprenticeship in Cape Town, 1834-38." Studies in the History of Cape Town 7: 32-44.

1994 "Unwrapping history at the Cape Town Waterfront." Public Historian 16.2: 33-50.

1993 "Diverging histories: slavery and its aftermath in the Cape Colony and Mauritius." South African Historical Journal 27: 3-25.

1993 "Presenting public history at the 'historic' Waterfront." CABO 5.3: 25-31.

1991 "Brazilian slavery: a survey from the Cape of recent literature in English." Social Dynamics 17.2: 76-102.

1990 "The South Atlantic slave trade." South African Historical Journal 23: 196-203.

1989 Co-author (with with Dr. J. Armstrong), "The slaves, 1652-1834." In The shaping of South African society, 1652-1840, Second edition, edited by R. Elphick and H. Giliomee, 109-183. Cape Town: Maskew Miller Longman. (Reprinted in 1990 and 1991. Translated into Afrikaans in 1991.)

1989 "Adjusting to emancipation: freed slaves and farmers in the mid-nineteenth century western Cape." In The Angry Divide: Social and economic history of the western Cape, edited by W. James and M. Simons, 31-39. Cape Town: David Philip.

1982 "Violence, crime and slavery on Cape farmsteads in the eighteenth century." Kronos 5: 43-60.

1981 "The distribution of slaves in the western Cape in the eighteenth century." Collected Papers. Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town 2: 1-23.