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Colin Murray Award for Postdoctoral Research in Southern Africa

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About the prize

The Editorial Board of the Journal of Southern African Studies (JSAS) oversees the 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.

Text about this year’s winner 

The 2022 Colin Murray Award was awarded to Nadia Ncube for her project ‘Matabele narratives of ukukhula (‘growing up’)’. Dr Ncube will use the award to continue the project begun with her doctoral research and to ensure that the young women and girls who were part of her project are able to participate in the extension of her research and the dissemination of its findings.  

Submissions Information

Applications are not currently open for the award. The decision to award funding will be made at the discretion of the Award committee of JSAS. Successful applicants will be informed within one month of the application deadline. 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.

Year Winner Nominated For
2022 Nadia Ncube Matabele narratives of ukukhula (‘growing up’)
2021 Kristina Pikovskaia Lived Citizenship in Zimbabwe’s Urban Informal Sector during the Second Republic (2018–2021)
2020 Innocent Dande Cooking, the crisis and cuisine: Household food economics and politics in Harare, 1997 – 2020
2020 Francisco Miguel The Waltz movement’: political activism of transgender people in Southern Mozambique
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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