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Dr June Bam-Hutchison

Pre-colonial & Heritage Studies Lead Researcher/Interim Director of the Khoi and San Unit
(Acting Head of Section from end July 2017 - end January 2018)

June Bam-Hutchison leads on the National Institute of the Social Sciences and Humanities (NIHSS) catalytic pre-colonial  historiography project for the NRF Chair. Her research interests are in Khoi identities and social justice, critical issues in heritage, school history education and in decolonial discourse and practice. With Christopher Saunders, she edits the peer-reviewed and accredited Bulletin of the National Library of South Africa. She lectures on the African Studies Master's degree programmes and the African Studies undergraduate Major.

June Bam-Hutchison  has held Research Fellowship positions with the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past at York University (UK), Kingston University (UK) and in Archive and Public Culture (UCT). June also directs and lectures the 'Sites of Memory' course on Stanford University's overseas programme. She has served as Honorary Secretary for the African Studies Association of the UK from 2008 - 2010.

June Bam-Hutchison is also the Interim Director of the Khoi and San Unit. She is Principal Investigator: Worldwide University Network Research Project (2020-) !Gâ re – Rangatirangtanga – Dadirri :Decolonizing the 'capture of knowledge'. This is a global collaboration on the creation of a digital indigenous knowledge archive with the Universities of Alberta, Bristol, Ghana, Massachusetts Amherst, Namibia, Auckland, Sydney, Western Australia, York, and Zheijiang. She was Visiting Professor with Stanford University (2014-2020); Research Associate: York University (2008-2012) and Visiting Research Fellow: Kingston University (2008-2010). She also served as Honorary Secretary for the African Studies Association (UK). The publication Whose History Counts: decolonizing pre-colonial historiography (2018), of which she was lead editor (with L.Ntsebeza and S.Zinn), was a finalist in the inaugural 2020 NIHSS Awards.


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