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  • Historian of southern Africa, taking a new direction in postdoctoral research in spatialities, searching for the spirit of Johannesburg

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EXPERIENCE

  • University of the Witwatersrand
    • Wits City Institute
    • Postdoctoral Fellow
    • September 2017 to Present

    I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Wits City Institute, funded by the Wits School of Governance's 'Life in the City' Programme. This postdoctoral research project centres on constructing a pilot online mapping website detailing the deep-time history of Johannesburg via historical, geological, and archival excavation of the site of a communal farm established in 1910 by the architect Hermann Kallenbach, and the icon of satyagraha, Mohandas Gandhi, the fragments of which can still be seen on the southern edge of the city.

  • University of the Witwatersrand
    • Rock Art Research Institute
    • Honorary Research Fellow
    • August 2011 to Present

    I am an Honorary Research Fellow at the Rock Art Research Institute, where I pursue my interests in the history and emergence of fieldwork as academic method in southern African landscapes. My route in this research is via the life and scholarship of the linguist Dorothea Bleek, who is the subject of my biography 'Dorothea Bleek, A Life of Scholarship' (Wits University Press, 2016).

EDUCATION

  • University of the Western Cape
    • PhD (History) 2011

    Title of Thesis: A Working Life: The Rock Art and Linguistic Researches of Dorothea Bleek

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