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The Department of History is one of the leading History departments in South Africa. It is currently at the forefront in teaching and research in visual, public and social history. The Department is committed to developing new critical interpretations in the research and teaching of history.


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Within the past decade our Department has emerged as one of the leading research and teaching History Departments in South Africa and one of the most productive centres for knowledge production in the field of southern African studies. Our successes in recent years include the publication of major monographs by leading members of the department; the development of the foremost programme in Museum and Heritage Studies in Africa which has graduated over 150 M.A. and diploma students from throughout the continent; the establishment of the most dynamic graduate-driven centre for the study of visual history on the continent; the development of substantial research projects in the fields of culture and performance studies, intellectual and political biography, women and gender studies, land and agrarian history, liberation history, urban history and the history of anthropology.


We have also developed the journal Kronos: Southern African Histories into the leading publication in the field of historical studies in the region. The journal has an Open Access readership numbering in the thousands, a dynamic new international editorial team, and combines its commitment to high quality historical scholarship with a unique and longstanding interest in integrating visual and textual sources.

We have also excelled as a teaching department with members of our department having twice won the university-wide teaching award during this period. Our undergraduate courses provide a rigorous training in African history from the pre-colonial to the post-independence periods. We also now teach courses on India, the Middle East and Vietnam. We have built up powerful graduate African studies programmes in the fields of museum studies, heritage studies, visual history, the history of anthropology, cultural performance studies, biography and liberation histories. We have pioneered innovative new teaching methods in lectures from staged debates between lecturers to cutting-edge multimedia visual and performative presentations and web-based interactive communicative platforms.

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