Henry Trotter in front of Yale stained glass windows

Henry Trotter's Curriculum Vitae

 

Education

Yale University
Ph.D. History : 2009 (expected)
Dissertation: "Port Culture: A Modern History of South African Sailors, Stevedores & Sugar Girls"
Advisors: Robert Harms, Michael R. Mahoney & James C. Scott
Yale University
M.Phil. History (May 2005)
Examination fields:
  • Modern African History - Robert Harms
  • South African History - Michael R. Mahoney
  • Modern South-East Asian History - Ben Kiernan
  • Global Maritime History - Gaddis Smith
  • Yale University
    M.A. African Studies (May 2002)
    Thesis: "Removals and Remembrance: Commemorating Community in Coloured Cape Town"
    Advisors: Eric Worby & Michael R. Mahoney
    California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
    B.A. English (June 1999) : Magna Cum Laude
    Senior Essay: "The Strategic Symbol of District Six: Protest and Community in Coloured South African Literature"
    Advisor: Debora Schwartz
    University of Zimbabwe
    Exchange student (March-December 1994)

     


    Publications

    Sugar Girls & Seamen: A Journey into the World of Dockside Prostitution in South Africa
    (Johannesburg: Jacana, 2008).
    Sailing Beyond Apartheid: The Impact of Seafaring on Coloured South African Seamen
    in Carina Ray & Jeremy Rich (Eds.), Navigating African Maritime History, Research in Maritime History (St John's, Newfoundland: International Maritime Economic History Association, forthcoming)
    Soliciting Sailors: The Temporal Dynamics of Dockside Prostitution in South Africa
    Journal of Southern African Studies Vol.35, No.3 (Sept 2009): 699-713.
    Trauma and Memory: The Impact of Apartheid-Era Forced Removals on Coloured Identity in Cape Town
    in Mohamed Adhikari (Ed.), Burdened by Race: Coloured Identities in Southern Africa (Cape Town: UCT Press, 2009), pp.49-78.
    Dockside Prostitution in South African Ports
    History Compass Vol.6, No.3 (2008): 673-690.
    Navigating Risk: Lessons From the Dockside Sex Trade for Reducing Violence in South Africa's Prostitution Industry
    Sexuality Research & Social Policy: Journal of NSRC Vol. 4, No. 4 (Dec 2007): 106-119.
    The Women of Durban's Dockside Sex Industry
    in Rob Pattman & Sultan Khan (Eds.), Undressing Durban (Durban: Madiba Press, 2007), pp. 441-452.
    Sailors as Scribes: Travel Discourse and the (Con)textualization of the Khoikhoi at the Cape of Good Hope, 1649-1690
    Journal of African Travel-Writing Vols. 8 & 9 (2001), pp. 30-44.
    Compensation for a Native Mineworker
    Ufahamu Vol. 26, Nos. 2 & 3 (1998), pp. 105-109.

     


    Scholarships & Awards

    Doctoral Program (Ph.D.)

     
    Yale University Dissertation Fellowship
    dissertation write-up funding
    2008-9
    Fox International Fellowship
    dissertation research funding and affiliation at the University of Cape Town
    2007-8
    Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research Grant
    dissertation research funding provided by the US Department of Education
    2005-6
    SSRC International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship
    dissertation research funding provided by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on behalf of the Social Science Research Council & The American Council of Learned Scholars
    2005-6
    J. William Fulbright Scholarship (IIE)
    academic research funding provided by the US Department of Education (declined)
    2005-6
    Yale Center for International & Area Studies Pre-Dissertation Grant
    pre-dissertation research on port culture
    2005
    Agrarian Studies Summer Fellowship
    for summer research on port culture
    2005
    Yale Center for International & Area Studies Pre-Dissertation Grant
    pre-dissertation research on port culture
    2003
    Agrarian Studies Summer Fellowship
    for summer research on port culture
    2003
     

    Master's Program (M.A.)

     
    African Studies Award for Academic Excellence
    top student in the program
    2002
    Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Scholarship
    to study 4th-Year Zulu at Yale
    2001-2
    Fulbright-Hays Grant (Summer)
    to study Advanced Zulu with the Group Projects Abroad (GPA) at the University of Natal-Pietermaritzburg in South Africa
    2001
    Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship
    to conduct MA thesis research in Cape Town, South Africa
    2000-1
    Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Scholarship
    to study Intermediate Zulu at Yale
    1999-
    2000
    Yale Tuition Fellowship
    to cover two academic-years in the MA African Studies Program
    1999
    FLAS Scholarship (Summer)
    to study Elementary Zulu at the Summer Cooperative African Languages Institute (SCALI) hosted at Yale
    1999
     

    Bachelor's Program (B.A.)

     
    Senior Recognition Award
    For Contributions to the Objectives and Public Image of the University
    1999

     


    Conference & Seminar Papers

    Cunning Linguists: Dockside Prostitutes and their Mastery of Foreign Tongues
    presented at the Story of the Voyage Colloquium, hosted by the University of Witwatersrand Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) and the Wits Centre for Indian Studies in Africa, 3 October 2008
    Sugar Girls & Seamen
    presented at the School of Sociology & Social Studies Seminar Series at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, 18 September 2008
    Soliciting Sailors: The Temporal Dynamics of Dockside Prostitution in South Africa
    presented at the University of Cape Town African & Comparative History Seminar Series, 9 April 2008
    Port Culture: A Modern History of South African Sailors, Stevedores & Sugar Girls—A Dissertation Blueprint
    presented at the University of KwaZulu-Natal History and African Studies Seminar Series, Durban, 23 August 2006
    Trauma and Memory: The Impact of Apartheid-Era Forced Removals on Coloured Identity in Cape Town
    presented at the University of the Western Cape History Department Seminar Series, August 8, 2006; also at the University of Cape Town African & Comparative History Seminar Series, 29 September 2006
    Advanced African Language Training: "Backdoor" Languages & Comparative Techniques
    presented at the Paths to Advanced Proficiency in the Less Commonly Taught Languages Conference, Yale University, 23 March 2003
    Commemorating Community in Coloured Cape Town
    presented at African Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington DC, 7 December 2002
    Public Health / Private Death: Cape Malay Resistance to Municipal Disease Control in Nineteenth Century Cape Town
    presented at the Africa: Past, Present, and Future Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference on Africa, UCLA, 15 April 2000

     


    Invited Talks

    Cape Town's Dockside Culture
    presented to students of the University of Virginia's Semester at Sea program, Cape Town, 26 September 2008
    Sugar Girls & Seamen: Dockside Prostitution in South Africa
    presented at the University of the Third Age (U3A), Cape Town, 26 August 2008

     


    Field Research

    Dissertation Research 2005-2008
    Cape Town, Durban & Port Elizabeth : South Africa.
    Conducted research on contemporary South African port culture, including archival work, secondary literature examination, personal and group interviews, and participant-observation at the docks (with stevedores and port officials), at sea (with tugboat crews and sailors/passengers on the luxury cruise vessel MSC Melody, which I sailed on for 5 days from Durban to Mozambique and back), and in dockside nightclubs (where "sugar girls" solicit sailors).
    Preliminary Dissertation Research 2003-2004
    Pacific, Indian & Atlantic Oceans.
    Sailed for two months on two cargo ships from Los Angeles to Cape Town (via east Asia, the Indian Ocean, Suez Canal, Mediterranean, Northern Europe, and the west coast of Africa). Using participant-observation techniques, I explored contemporary shipboard culture and surveyed the dockside scene at 14 ports. Utilized participant-observation techniques and conducted interviews with the German, Tuvaluan, Russian, British, Filipino, and South African sailors that were on the ships.
    Cape Town : South Africa
    Conducted interviews with dockworkers, prostitutes, tugboat crews, shipping administrators, and dockside cab drivers to assess the feasibility of writing a dissertation on contemporary South African port culture.
    Language Training 2001
    KwaZulu-Natal : South Africa
    Received intensive Advanced Zulu language training for 10 weeks through the Fulbright-Hays Summer Group Projects Abroad Program lead by Yale's Zulu Instructor Sandra Sanneh.
    Master's Thesis Research 2000-2001
    Cape Town : South Africa
    Conducted research on the impact of apartheid-era forced removals on the memory and narrative production of black communities in the Cape peninsula. Tape-recorded over 100 life history interviews with victims of racial evictions for my 334-page MA thesis, titled "Removals and Remembrance: Commemorating Community in Coloured Cape Town."

     


    Work & Research Experience

    Teaching Fellow
    Modern African History: Africa Since 1880, Professor Michael R. Mahoney
    Spring 2005
    Teaching Fellow
    Southern African History, Professor Michael R. Mahoney
    Fall 2004
    Website Designer
    Yale University: I have designed and maintained a number of websites for various Yale departments and programs. Sites include: IsiZulu Sanamuhla, online Zulu language instruction (2002); Yale Guide to African Languages and Literatures (2002); African Studies Program (2002); Africana Librarians' Conference (2003); Yale Library's Africana Collection (2004); Yale History department (2004); and the African Language Teacher's Association Conference (2005).
    June 2002 - August 2007
    Research Assistant
    Africa and the West: A Documentary History from the Slave Trade to Independence (Oryx Press, 2001)
    For Professors William Worger (UCLA) & Nancy Clark (Cal Poly).
    January 1998 - June 1999
    High School English Teacher
    St. George's College, Harare, Zimbabwe: taught literature at prominent boys' high school
    January - May 1995

     


    Other Distinguished Experiences

    African Travels : 1994-1997
    For four years , I studied, traveled, and worked in Africa, visiting 17 countries. After a year as an exchange student at the University of Zimbabwe, I taught for five months at a private boys' high school in Harare, Zimbabwe, thereafter backpacking for two-and-a-half years country to country in eastern & southern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. In each country, I traveled extensively, pursuing a personal intellectual project: to read as widely and deeply of each nation's literature. Over the course of four years, I read over 300 works of African literature and another 100 books on African history, economics, politics, and culture. This experience laid the foundation for my current endeavors as a scholar of Africa.

     


    Languages

    • Advanced Zulu, Xhosa & Afrikaans
    • Functional French