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Rewolusie op Ys

Met hierdie boek bied Adam Habib ’n oorspronklike analise van die politieke en ekonomiese oorgang in die postapartheidera deur die institusionele beperkinge en die magsbalanse wat ’n rol speel in die Suid-Afrikaanse politieke arena, bloot te lê. ...

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A Long Way Home is an extraordinarily rich guide to the history and material artefacts emanating from migrant life in South Africa. Spanning a three-hundred-year history, the book captures the humanity, agency and creative modes of self-expression of the millions of workers who left their rural homesteads to cross frontiers – whether by foot, carriage or otherwise – to new towns and cities, all driven by the growing demand for labour in the mining industry. ...

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Regarding Muslims

Drawing on an extensive popular and official archive, Regarding Muslims analyses the role of Muslims from South Africa’s founding moments to the contemporary period and points to the resonance of these discussions beyond South Africa. It argues that the 350-year archive of images documenting the presence of Muslims in South Africa is central to understanding the formation of concepts of race, sexuality and belonging. ...

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Taken together, these essays give a multidimensional perspective on South Africa’s democracy as it turns twenty, and will be of interest to general readers while being particularly useful to students and researchers. ...

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Kirby's book has become the standard reference on indigenous South African musical instruments, but has been out of print for many years. This third edition, with a revised title, contains an introduction by Mike Nixon, Head of the Ethnomusicology and African Music programme at the South African College of Music, and new reproductions of the valuable historic photographs by Paff and others, but leaves Kirby’s original text unchanged. ...

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Universities in the trenches

John Higgins’ book, ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN A DEMOCRATIC SOUTH AFRICA, analyses threats our universities face and proposes ways of resisting them

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Review in the Mail & Guardian by Michael Chapman of Higgins' book, Academic Freedom in a Democratic South Africa. John Higgins poses two interrelated questions in his book. What is or could be or should be academic freedom, both in South Africa and, by implication, globally; and what is or could be or should be the role of the humanities?

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New Catalogue – Wits University Press 2014/15

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Wits University Press has the pleasure of offering our latest catalogue.

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Call for entries


Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Wits University Press, in association with the WSOA, is offering you the opportunity to create the front cover image for one of our forthcoming books, The Colour of our Future: Race and Identity in South Africa. This exciting new book is edited by political commentator, Xolela Mangcu. Featuring 12 essays by leading thinkers and opinionmakers in the public sphere, it will be distributed both locally and internationally.

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Regarding Muslims

The Cape Town launch of Gabeba Baderoon’s new book, Regarding Muslims

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

The Book Lounge and Wits University Press warmly invite you to join us for the launch of Gabeba Baderoon’s new book in Cape Town

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Book Launch | REGARDING MUSLIMS | GABEBA BADEROON in discussion with Pumla Gqola & Isabel Hofmeyr

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Gabeba Baderoon will be in discussion with Pumla Gqola, academic and feminist writer of What is Slavery to me? And Isabel Hofmeyr, professor of African literature at Wits and writer of South Africa and India and most recently Gandhi's Printing Press. They'll be discussing how Muslims fit into South Africa's well-known narrative of colonialism, apartheid and post-apartheid.

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Prof Adam Habib to talk on 30 July at the University of the Free State about his book

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

The Department of Philosophy at University of the Free State in association with Wits University Press and Southern Africa Trust invite you to a public lecture and book launch by one of South Africa’s leading political commentators, Prof. Adam Habib

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Book announcement and launch | A Long Way Home: Migrant Worker Worlds | 17 July 2014

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Wits Art Museum and Wits University Press are proud to announce the launch of A Long Way Home: Migrant Worker Worlds 1800 – 2014. Edited by Peter Delius, Laura Phillips and Fiona Rankin-Smith, the publication includes essays by leading local and international academics. The book launch takes place on Thursday 17 July 2014. There will be a panel discussion at the launch with David Goldblatt and Mandla Langa. There will also be a special musical performance featuring Mandonsini on the traditional bow and Bham Ntabeni playing traditional maskandi music.

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Richard Rive

The Sunday Times interview with Shaun Viljoen

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

One of the reasons I undertook the research into the life of Richard Rive was because there was at the time, five years into democracy, a stark contrast between the non-racial discourse of the new constitution, and the mindset and behaviour of numerous South Africans who seemed, ironically, to be asserting hyper-racialised perceptions of their fellow citizens.

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Wits Press authors at the South African Book Fair 13-15 June 2014

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

MEET OUR AUTHORS AND HAVE YOUR BOOKS SIGNED AT THE SOUTH AFRICAN BOOK FAIR IN CAPE TOWN Join Wits University Press for a drink with our authors WHEN: Saturday 14 June 2014 at 4pm

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