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  • Losing the Plot Low res

    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. ...

    More about: Sol Plaatje
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    The aim of this multi-authored volume is to shed new light on how and why Native Life came into being at a critical historical juncture, and to reflect on how it can be read in relation to South Africa’s heightened challenges today. ...

    More about: Sol Plaatje’s Native Life in South Africa
  • FeesMustFall_cover_FINAL_HR

    This book maps the contours of student discontent a year after the start of the #FeesMustFall revolt. Student voices dissect coloniality, improper compromises by the founders of democratic South Africa, feminism, worker rights and meaningful education. ...

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  • Ties that Bind_1200

    What does friendship have to do with racial difference, settler colonialism and post-apartheid South Africa? While histories of apartheid and colonialism in South Africa have often focused on the ideologies of segregation and white supremacy, Ties that Bind explores how the intimacies of friendship create vital spaces for practices of power and resistance. ...

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  • FA Three plays.indd

    Craig Higginson’s first three plays for adult audiences – collected here in one volume – represent one of the strongest debuts in contemporary South African theatre. ...

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    Andrew Bank’s vivid portraits of six outstanding South African women social anthropologists beginning with the dynamic Winifred Hoernle and continuing with her exceptional female students – lead us to amend the heretofore androcentric history of social anthropology in South Africa. ...

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  • Marikana_LR

    This gripping ethnographic account is the first comprehensive study of the struggles of South African miners to overcome not only the opposition of the plutocratic mine owners, but also the opposition of the entrenched union establishment, revealing how seemingly ordinary people became heroic figures who transformed their workplace and their country. ...

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  • Learning Zulu_HR

    “Why are you learning Zulu?” When Mark Sanders began studying the language, he was often asked this question. In Learning Zulu, Sanders places his own endeavors within a wider context to uncover how, in the past 150 years of South African history, Zulu became a battleground for issues of property, possession, and deprivation. Sanders combines elements of analysis and memoir to explore a comp ...

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    Students Must Rise marks the 40th anniversary of the June 16th uprisings. This book places that most famous of moments, the 1976 students’ uprising in Soweto, in a deeper historical and geographic context and also considers contemporary student-based political movements, including #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall ...

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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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Wits University Press authors at the Vrystaat Literary Festival 11-16 July 2016 in Bloemfontein

Monday, July 4th, 2016

   Wits University Press is proud to announce the seven authors and scholars who will participate in the programme of the Vrystaat Literary Festival 11-16 July 2016 in Bloemfontein. They are:  Achille Mbembe (On the Postcolony) Tshepo Moloi, (Place of Thorns: Black political protest in Kroonstad since 1976) Bob & Mary Scholes (Climate change: Briefings […]


Wits University Press now a member of the American Association of University Presses (AAUP)

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Wits University Press is pleased to announce its membership of the American Association of University Presses (AAUP). The AAUP is an association of more than 130 international nonprofit publishers, which strives to advance scholarship to members. The Association’s mission is to assist its members through professional education, cooperative services, and public advocacy. It educates by […]

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