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  • Remains of the Social is an interdisciplinary volume of essays that engages with what ‘the social’ might mean after apartheid; a condition referred to as ‘the post-apartheid social’. The volume grapples with apartheid as a global phenomenon that extends beyond the borders of South Africa between 1948 and 1994 and foregrounds the tension between the weight of lived experience that was and i ...

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  • The re-emergence of debates on the decolonisation of knowledge has revived interest in the National Question, which began over a century ago and remains unresolved. Tensions that were suppressed and hidden in the past are now being openly debated. Despite this, the goal of one united nation living prosperously under a constitutional democracy remains elusive. This edited volume examines the way in ...

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  • Confronting national, linguistic and disciplinary boundaries, contributors to African Archaeology Without Frontiers argue against artificial limits and divisions created through the study of ‘ages’ that in reality overlap and cannot and should not be understood in isolation. Papers are drawn from the proceedings of the landmark 14th PanAfrican Archaeological Association Congress. ...

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  • Previous ways of conceiving the universal emancipation of humanity have in practice ended in failure. Marxism, anti-colonial nationalism and neo-liberalism all understand the achievement of universal emancipation through a form of state politics. Thinking Freedom in Africa conceives emancipatory politics beginning from the axiom that ‘people think’. In other words, the idea that anyone is cap ...

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  • In Tin Bucket Drum, Neil Coppen achieves a small miracle. Through his lyrical script and the creative use of lighting and sound, one woman, the Narrator, succeeds in evoking a host of characters as this allegorical tale of oppression and liberation plays itself out. It is a story that offers a host of lessons for many places and many times. ...

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  • This stirring collection of essays and talks by activist and former judge Albie Sachs is the culmination of more than 25 years of thought about constitution-making and non-racialism. Following the Constitutional Court’s landmark Nkandla ruling in March 2016, it serves as a powerful reminder of the tenets of the Constitution, the rule of law and the continuous struggle to uphold democratic rights ...

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  • Although widely known as the Afrikaner Communist who saved Nelson Mandela from the gallows, very little is known about Bram Fischer the man. Fischer was a respected Senior Advocate at the Johannesburg Bar who chose to side with the oppressed and went underground to join the armed struggle. The many facets of this remarkable man are refl ected in The Bram Fischer Waltz, Harry Kalmer’s lyrical tri ...

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  • Hoewel hy algemeen bekend is as die Afrikaner-Kommunis wat vir Nelson Mandela van die galg gered het, is bitter min bekend oor Bram Fischer die man. Fischer was ’n gerespekteerde senior advokaat by die Johannesburgse Balie, wat gekies het om hom by die onderdruktes te skaar en wat ondergronds gegaan het om by die gewapende stryd aan te sluit. Hy is op 5 November 1965 in hegtenis geneem nadat hy ...

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  • In Losing the Plot, well-known scholar and writer Leon de Kock offers a lively and wide-ranging analysis of postapartheid South African writing which, he contends, has morphed into a far more flexible and multifaceted entity than its predecessor. ...

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  • Brian Willan has assembled and edited this fascinating collection from a variety of disparate and often obscure sources, making a comprehensive selection of Plaatje’s writings available to a wider audience. ...

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Announcement: Thinking Freedom in Africa is one of the 2017 Frantz Fanon Outstanding Book Award winners

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Michael Neocosmos’ Thinking Freedom in Africa: Toward a theory of emancipatory politics, published by Wits University Press in 2016, has been awarded the 2017 Frantz Fanon Outstanding Book Award. The Frantz Fanon Prize is awarded annually by the Caribbean Philosophical Association in recognition of works in or of special interest to Caribbean thought. Publisher of Wits […]

INVITATION: Wits Press author, Albie Sachs in conversation with Dikgang Moseneke at the Apartheid Museum on Saturday 28th January 2017

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation in collaboration with Wits University Press and Pan Macmillan have great pleasure in inviting you to an afternoon with retired Constitutional Court judges, Albie Sachs and Dikgang Moseneke The judges will be in conversation with Niren Tolsi, freelance journalist and co-founding editor of The Con ( about their new books; We, the People (Albie Sachs), and My […]


Two Wits University Press publications are shortlisted for the ASAUK THE FAGE AND OLIVER PRIZE

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Wits University Press is pleased to announce that two of our publications have made it ti the shortlist for the inaugural award of the ASAUK Fage & Oliver Prize. The prize is awarded biennially to the author of an outstanding original scholarly work published on Africa during the preceding two years. The books are: Maxim […]

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