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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 (JSAS) is advertising the new round of its Colin Murray postdoctoral research award.

The Board welcomes applications from post-doctoral 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 follow this link.

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 – see the Journal cover or website for details).

It is expected that applications will be made for such expenses as travel costs, but all requests that can demonstrate a benefit to Southern African scholarship will be considered. Applications for any amount below the ceiling are equally welcome.

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Application Information

Applications must be received by midnight on 15 September 2020 (UK time) by Miles Tendi (miles.tendi@sant.oxon.org).

The decision to award funding will be made at the discretion of the Award committee of JSAS. Successful applicants will be informed before 15 October 2020. Forty per cent of the sum awarded will be payable initially to cover essential expenses, and receipts will be required once the money has been spent. The balance will become payable on production of receipts after the costs are incurred. Payment will be made in the form of a cheque drawn in pounds sterling (GBP) or electronic bank transfer.

Reporting and Publications: The Award holder must provide a) a 1-page description of the use of the funds, and b) a 1-page outline of the preliminary findings after a year has expired. In the event that the approved project duration is longer than one year, the final financial and research reports must be submitted by the end of the second year at the latest. The Award holder will be expected to submit a paper based on their findings to JSAS. This is not a guarantee of publication; all submissions will be refereed through the Journal’s normal process. All publications and other outputs arising from the award must acknowledge the financial assistance from the JSAS Colin Murray Award.

JSAS reserves the right to make no award if it is felt that no suitable application has been received. An unsuccessful application in a given year does not preclude future applications. However, successful applicants are not eligible to apply again.

Please return completed applications, along with short CVs (maximum of two A4 pages in 12pt) to Miles Tendi (miles.tendi@sant.oxon.org) by midnight on 15 September 2020.

Personal information will be held and used in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. JSAS will not disclose such information to any unauthorised person or body but we reserve the right to publish details of award winners’ names and projects on our website and promotional materials.

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Year Winner Nominated For
2019 Charles Dube Dube 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.
2018 Edmore Chitukutuku Edmore 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.
2017 Janne Juhana Rantala Janne 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.
2016 Chrisitanne Naaman
2015 Joseph Mujere

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