Helena Pohlandt-McCormick is associate professor of African history at Rhodes University. She completed her Ph. D. in 1999 at the University of Minnesota. Her work focuses on postcolonial and postapartheid history and theory, archival studies and gender/sexuality studies.

Simon Gush is an artist and filmmaker living in Johannesburg. His research looks at the relationship between work, subjectivity and land from the perspective of Southern Africa. Gush has a postgraduate certificate in fine art from the Hoger Instituut van Schone Kunsten in Gent, Belgium (2007/8), and a MA (Sociology), University of the Witwatersrand (2019).

Gary Minkley currently holds the NRF SARChI Chair in Social Change and is a Professor of History at the University of Fort Hare in East London. He has a PhD from the University of Cape Town. His research interests are in South African history and the dynamics of social change, in public and visual history, public memory and public space.

Healer Oran (Andrei van Wyk) is a Johannesburg-based experimental musician and sound artist with a research focus in sound collage, muzak and noise. His practice includes sound installations, performance, and composition for film and dance.

Landiso “Hlalutya” Magqaza is a voice-over artist, playwright, actor, musician and imbongi who hails from Nqabarha in Willowvale. He was born in Imizamo Yethu (Mandela Park) in Hout Bay, Cape Town in 1997. He is currently an MA candidate at  Rhodes University in the Department of History with a research interest in media histories, sound studies, oral literature / history and rural development in the Eastern Cape.

Akhona “Bhodl’ingqaka” Mafani is an imbongi, playwright, dramatist and musician who hails from Vukani community in the east of Makhanda. At the age of 23 he has established a name for himself in the national cultural and music scene as Bhodl’ingqaka, which means “He-Who-Burps-Cream”. He has been in the local music industry for almost a decade and has earned an award for one of his passionately performed plays at the National Arts Festival.

Niren Tolsi is an award-winning journalist and recipient of the Ruth First Fellowship and the Heinrich Boell Journalism Fellowship. Formerly a senior journalist at the Mail & Guardian and the Times Media Group’s Deputy Legal Editor, he was a co-founding editor of The Con. He tells stories.

Leslie Witz is a professor in the Department of History at the University of the Western Cape. He teaches African history and public history and his research focuses on how different histories are created and represented in the public domain. Books include Apartheid’s Festival; Hostels, Homes Museum (with Noëleen Murray); and Unsettled History (with Ciraj Rassool and Gary Minkley). He is presently working on a book on changing histories in South African museums.

Prishani Naidoo is director of the Society, Work and Politics Institute (SWOP) at the University of the Witwatersrand, a position she has held since the start of 2019. Since 2008, she has been a member of the sociology department at Wits. Before that she coordinated the collective Research and Education in Development (RED), and worked at the Heinrich Boell Foundation (Southern Africa office) and Khanya College. She also has a long history of activism that began in the student movement in the 1990s. She is currently working on a book with the provisional title of ‘The Subject of Poverty. Policy, Protest and Politics in South Africa after 1994’.

Craig Paterson is an historian based in the Eastern Cape and a Postdoctoral Fellow with the NRF SARChI Chair in Social Change (University of Fort Hare). His research interests include the everyday life of people in rural areas of southern Africa and the politics of land & property, particularly as it relates to the history of domesticated plants and animals; cultural history, legal culture and prohibitions; and, the development of ideas around the meaning of ‘citizen’, ‘denizen’, ‘civilian’, and ‘subject’.


Lerato Bereng and Dineo Diphofa from Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Zaida Allie and Melven, SAHRA

Professor Alan Kirkaldy

History Department, Rhodes University

Jaine Roberts, Research Office, Rhodes University

SARChI Chair in Social Change, University of Fort Hare

Tom Jeffery
Facebook @TomJeffereyPhotography

Dr Cornelius Thomas, Cory Library