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.
The Colin Murray award for 2023 has been awarded to Tara Weinberg of the University of the Western Cape.
By studying collective land-holding schemes on farms in the former Transvaal province, Tara Weinberg’s research offers accounts of land buyers’ economic strategies, social bonds and changing philosophies of land ownership and law. She will use the Colin Murray Award to expand her research geographically from the former Transvaal into Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, to investigate the origins of land buyers’ ideas and practices. Dr Weinberg will look at archival records in those provinces, and conduct oral history interviews with the descendants of land buyers, sharecroppers, labour tenants and farmworkers. Her goal is to work with interviewees to locate family and personal archives that might help reconstruct a history of land purchasing.
Applications are not currently open for the award.