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Journal of Southern African Studies

Colin Murray Award for Postdoctoral Research in Southern Africa

About the prize

The editorial board of the  Journal of Southern African Studies Board welcomes applications annually from postdoctoral researchers for up to £2,500 to support original ‘engaged field research’ on a topic relevant to the diverse interests and work of the late Colin Murray. For an overview of his work please visit this page. Eligible applicants must be within two years from the award of their PhD. The research should be conducted within, and have potential benefit to Southern African studies (defined as the region covered by JSAS). The next application round will open in 2020. 

Journal of Southern African Studies

Journal of Southern African Studies (JSAS) is an international publication for work of high academic quality on issues of interest and concern in the region of Southern Africa. Visit the journal to find out more.

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Colin Murray Award for Postdoctoral Research

YearWinnerNominated For
2019Charles DubeDube will research the ways in which 3300 displaced families (forced to make way for construction of the Tokwe Mukosi dam in Masvingo, Zimbabwe) are responding to and managing discontinuities in interfamily social relationships in their daily lives. Dube is particularly interested in these families everyday experiences of belonging, sharing, and trust. Dube holds a PhD from the University of Stellenbosch and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Human Sciences Research Council Africa Institute in Pretoria, South Africa.
2018Edmore ChitukutukuEdmore completed his PhD in Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2017. His project is entitled ‘Conflict and its intimacy: political violence among neighbours in northern Zimbabwe.’ The project examines the causes, the organisation, the experiences and the legacies of the 2008 political violence in Bindura South. The project is particularly interested in the ways that ‘intimacy’ was implicated in the violence. It therefore examines how kinship and family relations were politicized and become the object of hate mobilisation. It also explores how families grappled with the legacies of the violence. The research will primarily be conducted in Northern Zimbabwe.
2017Janne Juhana RantalaJanne Rantala defended his thesis in September 2017 at the University of Eastern Finland. His research centered around urban popular memory in Mozambique, with a focus on rappers' contributions to political remembering in the capital city of Maputo. Rantala’s postdoctoral research project, ‘Memory, Political Ancestors and Reconciliation’, will be based at the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, with the Colin Murray grant supporting his new field work in Beira, central Mozambique.
2016Chrisitanne Naaman
2015Joseph Mujere

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