Journey to Jo’burg: Travelling across Centuries of Segregation

Set during the Apartheid in South Africa, Beverley Naidoo’s Journey to Jo’burg triggered interesting discussions around the topic of segregation. Concepts llike discrimination, racism and, of course, segregation, inevitably came up in students’ thoughts and opinions.

So, after working on context, text and some intertexts, such as an article on “Pass Laws” in South Africa in the twentieth century and a poem by Wole Soyinka entitled “Telephone Conversation”, students were asked to think about instances in history or in everyday life in which segregation, racism and/or discrimination could be identified.

You can explore their work below!

Guille Allende, Abril Lopez E. and Lucìa Paz worked on bullying as an instance of discrimination.

Mechi Anelo worked on the novel The Help and its film adaptation to illustrate segregation in the U.S. 

Cami Carnemolla and Valen Liotti analysed a song which provides a positive message regarding difference.

Diego Goldaracena and Lucas Posse delved into Nazi Germany’s frame of mind.

Vicky González Navarte and Jose Zubizarreta worked on a poem about the K.K.K.

Mati Grande and Santi Montoya made a presentation about Nelson Mandela and his life work against segregation.

Juan Landolfo and Pipe Reynal explored what life of an immigrant was like in the U.S. in the 1920`s by focusing on the story of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti.

Juli Molmenti and Cande Zufriategui traced gay history in Russia and how homosexuality is still an issue nowadays.

Delfi Urso worked on Nazism and analysed a segment of the film The Wall.

Enjoy!