Dr June Bam Hutchison's book, Ausi Told Me: Why Cape Herstoriographies Matter [Ausi Tell Me: Why South African Women's Historiographies Matter] seeks to rewrite South African pre-colonial history through the eyes of women.This book has been reviewed and featured in the Indpendent,Turkey. Pleas see link below to read the news article.
African Studies PhD student Esma Karadag to commence a research fellowship at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Media | Georg Eckert Institute (GEI) in 2022
Esma Karadağ, PhD candidate at CAS, was offered a research fellowship from the Leibniz Institute for Educational Media | Georg Eckert Institute (GEI) for a four-week stay at the Institute in 2022. She will visit the institute to get access to the large number of materials in the library about history textbooks and textbook study across the world. She will engage with research on textbooks and on histories of thought as captured in textbooks in different contexts. She will have the opportunity to access visiting scholars, researchers, staff, and interns at the institute on how they go about their work and their research development which might be insightful for her to develop textbook research methods and contextualisation. Esma's PhD will analyse the National Curriculum Statements of South Africa and South African History textbooks to see the changing and ongoing discourse on Pan-Africanism. Her doctoral research is supervised by Dr June Bam-Hutchison (African Studies) and Professor Azeem Badroodien (Education).
June Bam's peer-reviewed Ausi Told Me: Why Cape Herstoriographies was launched on 20 October 2021 with over 150 online attendees from different parts of the continent and world. The launch panel discussion was moderated by world renowned literature and languages scholar Professor Wangui wa Goro.
Leading Khoi and San historiography scholar Dr Yvette Abrahams described the scholarship in the book as seminal and path breaking in decolonising 'Khoisan' historiography. This book follows on Bam's co-edited peer-reviewed NIHSS award-shortlisted Rethinking Africa volume Whose History Counts: Decolonising Precolonial Historiographies with Ntsebeza and Zinn (2018) and Indigenous Women Re-interpret southern Africa's pasts (2021) with Muthien. All three books have been described by peers and scholars as ground-breaking in decolonial scholarship in southern Africa.
The Centre for African Studies (CAS) has established a Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme under the auspices of the A C Jordan Chair in African Studies. One or more Postdoctoral research fellowships are offered to suitably qualified candidates who will be required to conduct research in the broad field of African studies which in our context is about the study of the peoples and cultures of Africa and the Diaspora.
Applicants are invited from suitably qualified individuals who will join the Centre for African Studies to conduct research related to the activities in the CAS. The closing date for applications is 21 October 2021
Applications should be submitted to Ms Noma-Afrika Maseti in the Centre for African Studies. Email address: Noma-Afrika.Maseti@uct.ac.za Telephone: (021) 6504868
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