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  • Missing hi-res

    Missing is the story of Robert Khalipa , an ANC Cadre living in exile, who is very senior in the Organisation but is left out of the negotiations and almost forgotten in Sweden. Robert and his family are faced with the challenges of a South Africa that has changed radically from the one he remembers from more than thirty years ago. ...

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  • DorotheaBleek_HR (1)

    Dorothea Bleek (1873 to 1948) devoted her life to completing the ‘bushman researches’ that her father and aunt (Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd) had begun in the closing decades of the nineteenth century. The book examines Dorothea Bleek’s life story, her rock art research and her fieldwork in southern Africa, and evaluates her scholarship and contribution to the history of ideas in South Afri ...

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  • NaturesofAfrica-4

    There are few books that show how nature in Africa is represented, celebrated, mourned or commoditised. Natures of Africa weaves together studies of narratives – from folklore, travel writing, novels and popular songs – with the insights of poetry and contemporary reflections of Africa on the worldwide web. ...

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  • Climate Change 5

    Climate change affects us all, but it can be a confusing business. Three leading South African scientists who have worked on the issue for over two decades help you to make sense of this topic. The book is organized into over fifty ‘frequently asked questions’, each with a brief, clear and scientifically up-to-date reply. ...

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  • D&D 1000

    As Jacob Zuma moves into the twilight years of his presidencies of both the African National Congress (ANC) and of South Africa, this book takes stock of the Zuma-led administration and its impact on the ANC. Dominance and Decline: The ANC in the Time of Zuma combines hard-hitting arguments with astute analysis. Susan Booysen shows how the ANC has become centred on the personage of Zuma ...

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  • Capitalisms Crisis Cover High Res2

    The global economic crisis is far from over and has been considered the worst in the history of modern capitalism. Capitalism’s Crises breaks new ground in understanding the complexity and depth of the crisis while also highlighting the response of the left. ...

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  • NSAR5coverLR

    This fifth volume in the New South African Review series takes as its starting point the shock wave emanating from the events at Marikana on 16 August 2012 and how it has reverberated throughout politics and society. ...

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  • Kroonstad cover hires

    Place of Thorns: Black Political Protest in Kroonstad since 1976, is a landmark study that examines the tumultuous and often fractious politics in Kroonstad’s black townships. In spite of the town’s relative obscurity, the author demonstrates a rich tradition of civic and political life in its townships and provides a persuasive explanation for the violence unleashed in the 1990s after decade ...

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  • Fanon_cover_design hires

    Fanon was a political radical concerned with the human, social, and cultural consequences of decolonization. He is best known for his books The Wretched of the Earth and Black Skin, White Masks. Working from his own translations of the original French texts, Gordon critically engages in What Fanon Said everything in Fanon from dialectics, ethics, existentialism, and humanism to philosophical anthr ...

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  • the colour of our future HIGHRES

    The Colour of Our Future makes a bold and ambitious contribution to the discourse on race. It addresses the tension between the promise of a post-racial society and the persistence of racialised identities in South Africa, which has historically played itself out in debates between the ‘I don’t see race’ of non-racialism and the ‘I’m proud to be black’ of black consciousness. ...

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Climate Change 5

Public Lecture on Climate Change

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Public Lecture Invitation Wits University Press and Origins Centre invite you to a Public Lecture on Climate Change The lecture will focus on the projected impacts of human-caused climate change on South Africa, and how we may be affected by the greenhouse gas reduction agreement reached in Paris in December 2015. Public Lecture by Professor […]

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Wits University Press and the History Workshop (Wits) invite you to the launch of PLACE OF THORNS- Black Political Protest in Kroonstad since 1976 by Tshepo Moloi

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Tshepo Moloi will be in discussion with Clive Glaser, Professor of History at Wits, and David Lebethe, lawyer and founding member of the branch of the South African Student Movement at Bodibeng High, in Kroonstad, in 1973. WHEN Wednesday 2 September 2015, 17:30 for 18:00 WHERE Cafe Fino – Restaurant at Origins Centre, Wits University Yale Rd, Braamfontein. […]

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South Africa’s Fanonian Moment – Achille Mbembe to talk at University of Pretoria

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

You are cordially invited to the Department of Sociology, University of Pretoria Prof Achille Mbembe from the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, Wits wil speak on South Africa’s Fanonian Moment Copies of ‘On the postcolony’ will be available for sale on the day of the seminar. R250 will get you a copy which […]

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