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  • An anthology of academic and non-academic writings, dedicated to contemporary Black South African feminist perspectives currently influential in scholarship, radical thought and creative expression. The writers use creative expression, photography and poetry in eclectic, interdisciplinary ways to unearth and interrogate representations of Blackness, sexuality, girlhood, history, divinity, and ot ...

    More about: Surfacing
  • A deeply felt account of the relationship between a mother and son, and an exploration of what care for the dying means in contemporary society. ...

    More about: How I Lost My Mother
  • Making the radical argument that the nation-state was born of colonialism, this book calls us to rethink political violence and reimagine political community beyond majorities and minorities. ...

    More about: Neither Settler nor Native
  • An incisive analysis of ANC power – as party, government and state – this book distils trends bound to shape South Africa’s political future. It examines ‘compliance and discontent’ under Ramaphosa and reveals a president wavering between serving the needs of the organisation and those of the nation; an ANC whose power is indeed precarious. ...

    More about: Precarious Power
  • A textbook with case studies for audiologists and speech pathologists makes recommendations for early detection and intervention of hearing impairments for the South African and low to middle income contexts. ...

    More about: Early Detection and Intervention in Audiology
  • African scholars examine the construction of ‘the human’ as it’s been conceived through the power of coloniality, arguing for indigenous knowledge systems and traditional wisdom to be part of the conversation. ...

    More about: Decolonising the Human
  • Guerrilla Radios in Southern Africa is a collection of essays on the histories of the different radios of the liberation movements in the region during the era of the armed struggle. ...

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  • In Out of the Dark Night, Achille Mbembe offers a rich analysis of the paradoxes of the postcolonial moment that points toward new liberatory models of community, humanity and planetarity. He eruditely ranges across European and African thought to provide a powerful assessment of common ways of writing and thinking about Africa. ...

    More about: Out of The Dark Night
  • This revised edition of a book first published in 2010 supplements the original account of the 116 bat species then known to be found in Southern and Central Africa with an additional eight newly described species. ...

    More about: Bats of Southern and Central Africa
  • Anxious Joburg focuses on Johannesburg, the largest and wealthiest city in South Africa,  as a case study for the contemporary Global South city. Global South cities are often characterised as sites of contradiction and difference that produce a range of feelings around anxiety. How does it feel to live in the metropolis of Johannesburg: what are the conditions, intersections, affects and e ...

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Radio Soundings: South Africa and the Black Modern by Liz Gunner wins UJ’s Book of the Year Award for 2020

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Wits University Press is excited to announce that author Liz Gunner has won the University of Johannesburg’s Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Awards 2020: Book of the Year for Radio Soundings: South Africa and the Black Modern. These awards acknowledge excellence in teaching, research, innovation and service. Professor Elizabeth “Liz” Gunner is a Visiting Research Professor with the […]

Bill Freund – a tribute

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

6 July 1944 – 17 August 2020 MEDIA RELEASE It is with great sadness that Wits University Press heard the news of the death of social historian, academic and intellectual, Bill Freund on Monday 17 August 2020.  Described as one of the grandmasters of South African economic historiography, he was a remarkable and prolific scholar and […]


Wits University Press mourns struggle hero, Andrew Mlangeni

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

MEDIA RELEASE – 22 July 2020 Struggle hero, Andrew Mlangeni, has passed. 6 June 1925 – 21 July 2020. Wits University Press is deeply saddened by the loss of the loved and respected struggle hero, Andrew Mlangeni, the last of the Rivonia trialists without whose sacrifices democracy would not have become a reality. Andrew Mlangeni […]

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