The History Workshop Postgraduate Scholarships call for application

The History Workshop welcomes fellowship applications from emerging South African postgraduate scholars in an exciting new research project; The Everyday and Public History.

The project seeks to give sustained attention to ‘the everyday’ as a conceptual frame through which to understand social, cultural and political processes in southern Africa and to simultaneously enable an engagement with everyday practices of historical knowledge production in the field of public history.

The experience of everyday life could be explored as part of thematic areas that include (but are not limited to): the politics of everyday life; love, marriage and the family; leisure and the everyday; space and place. The programme will foster collaborations between students, researchers and communities engaged in the production of public histories through workshops on theory and methodology, writing retreats, reading groups, a public lecture series, research grants for established scholars, a public history network, a public history fellowship and an international colloquium.

The project is interdisciplinary and welcomes applications from emerging South African and African postgraduate scholars with distinguished academic records in the humanities to produce innovative research around theories, practices and histories of the everyday. Preference will be given to South African citizens or permanent residents and the programme is committed to active transformation.

The value of the fellowships is:

  • R85000 for Honours (four positions)
  • R95000 for Masters (two positions)

To apply please submit the following:

  • A detailed and up-to- date CV
  • An example of any recent published (or written) work (third year essay for Honours applications)
  • Names and contact details (including email addresses) of 2 referees
  • Certified copies of degrees.
  • An academic transcript (for Honours and Masters applications)
  • A covering letter detailing the proposed research focus and how that might fit into this initiative

Please note that for Honours and Masters fellowships, students must be registered at Wits and apply separately to the academic department that they wish to study in.

The closing date for applications is 30 September 2017
Contact details: Antonette Gouws

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