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 Prof. Leslie Witz

Position: Head of Department (History)
Department: Department of History
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Qualifications: PhD (UCT)
MA (University of Witwatersrand)
Tel: +27 21 9592862
Fax: +27 21 9593598


 Leslie Witz’s major research centers around how different histories are created and represented in the public domain through memorials, museums and festivals and tourism. He led the project on ‘The Heritage Disciplines’, a National Research Foundation funded research project based in the History Department.  The project explored how the relationship between disciplinary knowledge and different publics was negotiated through investigating how academic disciplines were invoked, utilized and contested in the production, delimitation, dissemination and reception of heritage in post-apartheid South Africa. He also has a specific interest in the histories of natural history in museums and has researched the many and varied histories of the wandering hippopotamus of the late 1920s, Huberta, who is now enshrined in the Amathole Museum in King William’s Town.

Leslie is currently working on four book projects: Changing Histories in South African Museums; Public History From South Africa (with Ciraj Rassool and Gary Minkley); A History of the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum (with Noëleen Murray); and Out of History (with Paolo Israel and Jung Ran Forte). Leslie is the chair of the board of Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum and is on the interim executive of the African Network in Global History. He coordinates both postgraduate activities and the History 1 course in the History Department, co-chairs the South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar and heads the Arts Faculty’s Postgraduate Board of Studies at UWC. 





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