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    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 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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    Gaze Regimes is a bricolage of essays and interviews showcasing the experiences of women working in film, either directly as practitioners or in other areas such as curators, festival programme directors or fundraisers. It does not shy away from questioning the relations of power in the practice of filmmaking and the power invested in the gaze itself. Who is looking and who is being looked at, wh ...

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  • Print

    The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), a church of Brazilian origin, has been enormously successful in establishing branches and attracting followers in post-apartheid South Africa. As an ethnography of people rather than of institutions, this book offers fresh insights into the mass Pentecostal Charismatic Churches movement that has swept across Africa since the early 1990s. ...

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  • postcolony Final

    First published in 2001, Achille Mbembe’s landmark book, On the Postcolony, continues to renew our understanding of power and subjectivity in Africa. This edition has been updated with a foreword by professor of African Literature, Isabel Hofmeyr, and a preface by the author. ...

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  • Termites

    Siyakha Mguni narrates his personal journey, over many years, to discover the significance of a hitherto enigmatic theme in San rock paintings known as ‘formlings’. Formlings are a painting category found across the southern African region, including South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, with its densest concentration in the Matopo Hills, Zimbabwe. ...

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  • Money from Nothing by Deborah James

    South Africa’s national project of financial inclusion aims to extend credit to black South Africans as a critical aspect of abolishing apartheid’s legacy. Money from Nothing explores the contradictory dynamics inherent in this project, and captures the lived experience of indebtedness for many millions who attempt to improve their positions (or merely sustain existing livelihoods) in this com ...

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  • PENNY_SIOPIS_LR

    With her earliest work, Penny Siopis established herself as one of the most talented and challenging visual artists in and beyond South Africa. Penny Siopis: Time and Again engages in a variety of ways with her work of the past thirty-fi ve years. A conversation between the artist and the editor, Gerrit Olivier, unfolds throughout the book, giving the reader fascinating insights into her working m ...

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  • ImpossibleMourning_HR

    Impossible Mourning argues that while the HIV/AIDS epidemic has occupied an important place in public discourse in South Africa over the last ten years, particularly in debates about governance and constitutional rights post-apartheid, the experiences of people living with HIV for the most part remain invisible and the multiple losses due to AIDS have gone publicly unmourned. This book engages wit ...

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Launch event for a groundbreaking archival and ethnographic study – The Musical Instruments of the Indigenous People of South Africa

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

WITS UNIVERSITY PRESS AND THE SOUTH AFRICAN COLLEGE OF MUSIC, UCT  CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO A BOOK EVENT CELEBRATING THE KIRBY COLLECTION Please join us for the launching of the third edition of THE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS OF THE  INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF SOUTH AFRICA By Percival R Kirby Speakers: Prof Sakhela Buhlungu, Dean of Humanities, UCT […]

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Visit us at the South African Book Fair in Newtown, Johannesburg

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Visit us at the South African Book Fair 31 July 2015 – 2 August 2015 The South African Book Fair is one of the largest events of its type on the continent and is organised by the Publisher’s Association of South Africa.  It will be held at Turbine Hall, Newtown, Johannesburg, and will run from 31 July […]

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WITS UNIVERSITY PRESS AT ECAS IN PARIS 8 -10 JULY 2015

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Wits University Press is attending and exhibiting at the European Conference on African Studies 2015 from 8-10 July. Publisher’s Stand Located in the Pantheon Building at the Gallery Soufflot, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Please join us at the following events: BOOK EVENTS Wednesday 8 July 2015, 13h15-13h45 at the Pantheon, Room 2 (P_2) Book Launch Place of […]

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