Sarah Bruchhausen is a PhD candidate in the History Department and currently holds a fellowship with the Wits History Workshop. Her research interests include the history and politics of rural resistance in South Africa with a focus on questions of land, ethnicity, citizenship and the thought of emancipatory politics in contemporary Africa. In addition to this Sarah has also completed research on the Rivonia Trial based on an extensive engagement with the recently digitized dictabelt records of the court proceedings.
I’m a cultural worker based in cape town working mainly as a musician, writer, and a student as well as being involved in a number of autonomous cultural/political collectives. I’m working towards a PhD in the history department at Wits university and am glad to be affiliated with the History Workshop. The current title of my project is "the yu chi chan club and the national liberation front: a history of revolutionary pedagogy, theory and practice." Some of my other interests include black cultural production, histories of revolutionary thought and practice, Avant Garde music and cricket. My debut album dialectic soul is available at: https://ashergamedze.bandcamp.com/
Joel Pearson is a PhD candidate at the Wits History Department. He currently holds a fellowship with the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI), and is an associate of the History Workshop. He has produced work on contemporary municipalities in the Limpopo Province, and is currently researching the political, social and institutional dynamics that unfolded over the course of the transition to democracy at the Mogalakwena Local Municipality, and across the region more broadly.
PhD candidate in the History Department and the History Workshop. Her research interests are in the interconnectedness of Southern African history, liberation, passive and creative resistance and resilience. She completed her BA Degree all the way through to MA in History at the University of the Free State. As a Master’s student, her research was about the role that Lesotho played in South Africa’s liberation struggle, with particular focus on the National University of Lesotho. Through her range of research interests Matseliso hopes to position Lesotho as a central player in the intersectional history of the continent, and the making of post-colonial realities and identity.
Her PhD research will explore the impact of a particularly outstanding Mosotho photographer Mohlouoa Ramakatane, and his work as both a photojournalist and a street/studio photographer in Lesotho and South Africa. The research makes use of photographs as primary sources to assist in reconfiguring collective memory amongst Lesotho and South Africa about their intersectional political and cultural histories.
Research Title: Reimagining Subject Formation and Identities in the Industrial Town of Vereeniging, from Apartheid to Democracy
My research is on the making of subjectivities and identities in the industrial urban area of Vereeniging, Gauteng region (previously the PWV - Pretoria/Witwatersrand/Vereeniging) from the segregation to the democratic eras. My focus is on the processes, structures, struggles and everyday politics that settled and unsettled subjectivities and identities among the black population of Vereeniging in the black residential areas of the old location, Top Location (established in 1912 and demolished during apartheid), and in the former racially segregated areas of Rust-ter-Vaal, Roshnee and Sharpeville. My research centres the agency of common people. This means that while the research accounts for larger scale processes and structures such as the state and modern industrial capitalism that shaped the conditions in which people lived, this study also accounts for the ways in which the people of Vereeniging negotiated, defied, reconfigured and reinvented themselves within these conditions. I account for the ways that residents actively made their own identities in particular places, shaped by broader socio-economic and political processes.
Ripfumelo Sithole is PhD Candidate at the University of Witwatersrand. Ripfumelo holds a Masters and Honors degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Witwatersrand. Her PhD research focuses on historical patterns of work for women in Dobsonville and how they have changed and/or shifted in the present day, appreciating the strides women have made in a system that worked to oppress, exclude and disadvantage them. Ripfumelo’s other research interests include gender and women’s rights issues, transitional justice and the pervasiveness of socioeconomic inequality particularly in South Africa.
Thabiso is a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department and a History Workshop fellow under the ‘The Everyday and Public History’ programme. Highlighting a tendency in existing analyses of society and politics to focus on ‘the spectacular’, his research makes a case for studying past and present Community Advice Offices (CAOs) as spaces through and in which to understand what happens in between big events or moments, in the everyday.
Kasonde Thomas Mukonde
Kasonde Thomas Mukonde is a Doctoral Candidate in History with the History Workshop and Department of History at Wits University. He has previously worked as a teacher and a librarian, and published work on the history of reading in Soweto high schools in an international peer–reviewed journal. Kasonde has conducted research on the support that Zambian broadcasters gave to the ANC's Radio Freedom in Lusaka. His doctoral research focuses on township–based resistance theatre in South African townships from the 1970s to the year 2000. Kasonde obtained his undergraduate degree in history from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.