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 Prof. Susan Newton-King

Position: Associate Professor
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Qualifications: PhD (SOAS)
Tel: +27 21 9592699
Fax: +27 21 9593598


 Susan Newton-King was born in Somerset West (in the Western Cape) and raised on a fruit farm in the Hottentots Holland mountains.  She received her formal education at Saint Cyprians School, the University of Cape Town and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She joined the University of the Western Cape in 1989.

Over the years, her research focus has shifted from the economics and politics of the South African frontier to a concern with family, identity and social networks in Cape Town during the Dutch period.  Working with colleagues at the University of Cape Town, she has explored the connections between Cape Town and the Indian Ocean world in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  She is especially interested in the making and remaking of social identities in eighteenth century Cape Town, and has published a number of articles which explore (and question) the role of race in Cape society in relation to status, reputation and respectability.  She is presently writing about the social networks of freed slaves in eighteenth century Cape Town and its surrounds.






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