Institute for Humanities in Africa



Deborah Posel Deborah Posel is a professor of Sociology at UCT, an appointment that coincides with her taking up the position of HUMA's founding director as of January 2010. Prior to that she spent many years at the University of Witwatersrand - as a professor of sociology, and director of the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), which she founded in 2000. She has been educated at the University of Witwatersrand and Nuffield College, Oxford, where she obtained her D.Phil in 1987, and was awarded the Gwilyn Gibbon Prize Research Fellowship, from 1985 - 1987. She has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, and a visiting professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. She is a member of the Academy of Science for South Africa (Assaf) and a fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS). She has written and published widely on aspects of South African politics and society, during and beyond the apartheid years - including The Making of Apartheid, 1948 - 1961 (Clarendon Press, 1991 & 1997); Apartheid's Genesis (Raven and Ohio University Press, 1994), with Phil Bonner and Peter Delius); Commissioning the Past: Understanding South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (WUP, 2002), with Graeme Simpson.
Shamil Jeppie Shamil Jeppie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town. He was educated at the Universities of the Western Cape, Cape Town and Princeton. He has been a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, held a Chevening scholarship at Oxford University and has been a fellow of the Amsterdam School of Social Research. He has led an NRF study group on history and the humanities in South Africa today, is a steering committee member of the South-South Exchange Programme in the History of Development (Sephis) since 2002 and is presently a Chairman of the organization. He is also a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa panel on the humanities in South Africa. He has numerous articles in journals, collected volumes, and encyclopedia entries on Africa and the Middle East. He is an editor of the journal History in Africa. Among his publications are an edited volume (with Crain Soudien) entitled The Struggle for District Six (Cape Town: Buchu Books, 1990). He is editor of Towards New Histories for South Africa (Cape Town: Juta, 2004), and author of Langauge, Identity, Modernity (Cape Town: HSRC Press, 2007) on aspects of language history and politics in a Durban community. He is also the editor (with Souleyman Bachir Diagne) of The meanings of Timbuktu (Cape Town: HSRC Press, 2008).
Natasha Distiller Natasha Distiller is an associate professor of English and a chief research officer at HUMA. She is author of South Africa, Shakespeare, and Post-Colonial Culture (2004), Desire and Gender in the Sonnet Tradition (2008), and Fixing Gender: Lesbian Mothers and the Oedipus Complex (forthcoming 2011). She is also co-editor of Under Construction; "Race" and Identity in South Africa Today (2004) and Horae Amoris: The Collected Poetry of Rosa Newmarch (2010). She has been editor of the journal Social Dynamics, and has published widely in local and international journals on Shakespeare studies, post-colonial cultural issues, and gender and queer theory. She was a recipient of the UCT Fellows Award in 2005. She has degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Cape Town, Oxford University, and, shortly, from the University of the Western Cape.
Jonny Steinberg Jonny Steinberg is the author of five books, four of which, Midlands (2002), The Number (2004), Three-Letter Plague (2008) and Thin Blue (2008) explore everyday life in the wake of South Africa's transition to democracy. Midlands and The Number both won the Sunday Times Alan Paton Prize, South Africa's premier non-fiction award. Three-Letter Plague won the Recht Malan Award and, under its American title, Sizwe's Test, was a Washington Post Book of the Year. Steinberg's latest book, Little Liberia (2011) is about Liberia's civil war and its diaspora in the United States. Steinberg is also the editor of the books Crime Wave (2001) and, with Glenn Adler, From Comrades to Citizens (2000). Steinberg has a doctorate in political theory from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He did his undergraduate studies at Wits University. He has held visiting positions at the City University of New York and the University of Oxford, as well as fellowships from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and the Open Society Institute.
Heather Maytham Heather Maytham worked as an administrative officer in the psychology department for 27 years where she was responsible for the departmental administration, finances and human resource-related policy and procedures. She also served on the Transformation Committee of the Faculty of Humanities for a number of years and served as a member of the Faculty of Humanities Staffing Committee.