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Dr Hilary Sapire

Research interests

  • My early research interests were in the history of African urbanisation and township life in twentieth century South Africa.  I have co-written a book on the tragic encounter between an African prophet and the psychiatric profession during the 1920s and 1930s and edited collections on the history of Southern African liberation movements and the global anti-apartheid movement.  I am writing a book on royal tours of Southern Africa ceremonial cultures and the ambiguities of empire loyalism.

Areas of research supervision

  • I am supervising doctoral students working on varied themes including sport and the Edwardian Empire; liberal opposition in apartheid South Africa; the history of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria; gender and international solidarity with the anti-apartheid movement; and nineteenth-century Cape history.

Teaching interests

  • I currently teach courses on:
  • undergraduate
  • British Empire
  • Colonial Encounters:
  • Making of the Modern Racial Order in South Africa
  • postgraduate
  • Disease and Society in Africa
  • Africa in the European Imagination
  • Apartheid: Culture Politics and Society

Publications

  • Articles and book chapters
  • ‘Southern African Liberation Struggles: New Local, Regional and Global Perspectives: Introduction’ in H. Sapire and C. Saunders (eds), Southern African Liberation Struggles: New Local, Regional and Global Perspectives (University of Cape Town Press, Cape Town, 2012)
  • ‘Ambiguities of Loyalism: The Prince of Wales in India and Africa 1921 and 1925’ History Workshop Journal 73, Spring 2012, pp.37 - 65
  • African Loyalism and its Discontents: The Royal Tour of South Africa 1947’ The Historical Journal, 54, 1 2011, pp. 215 - 240
  • ‘Liberation Movements, Exile and International Solidarity: an Introduction’ in Special Issue on Liberation Struggles, Exile and International Solidarity’ Journal of Southern African Studies eds W. Dooling and H. Sapire 35, 3, 2009 pp. 271 – 286
  • ‘Engendering Segregation: “Black Women’s Work” in the Urban South and South Africa in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries’ in South African Historical Journal, 43, 1, 2000, pp. 39 – 80
  • ‘Dry Bones: The Return of Nontetha, an Eastern Cape Prophet’ in South African Historical Journal 40 May (1999) pp. 95 – 113 (co-authored with Robert Edgar)
  • ‘Apartheid’s “Testing Ground”: Urban “Native Policy” and African Politics in Brakpan South Africa 1943 – 1948’, Journal of African History 35, 1994, pp. 99 – 123
  • ‘Politics and Protest in Shack Settlements of the Pretoria-Witwatersrand-Vereeniging Region 1980 – 1990’ Special Issue on Political Violence in Southern Africa Journal of Southern African Studies (eds T. Ranger and W. Beinart) 18, 3, 1992, pp. 670 - 697
  • Books
  • With C. Saunders,(eds) Southern African Liberation Struggles: New Local, Regional and Global Perspectives (University of Cape Town Press, Cape Town, 2012)
  • With R. Edgar, African Apocalypse: The Story of Nontetha Nkwenkwe, a Twentieth Century South African Prophet (Ohio University Press, 1999).
  • Edited Works
  • With W. Dooling , Special Issue on Liberation Struggles, Exile and International Solidarity, Journal of Southern African Studies 35, 3, 2009
  • With P. Alexander, R. Halpern and S. Marks (eds.), Beyond White Supremacy: Towards a New Agenda for the Comparative Histories of South Africa and the United States (London, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, 1997)
  • With J. Beall, Special Issue on Urban Studies and Urban Change, Journal of Southern African Studies 21, March 1995

Contact details

Room 316, 27 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DQ

Email: h.sapire@bbk.ac.uk
Tel: 020 7631 6261