Whose History Counts?

24 Dec 2018 - 12:15
Caption: Cover of "Whose History Counts". Courtesy of African Sun Media.


In November 2018, the second publication from the National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences' catalytic project on the pre-colonial historiography of southern Africa, led by Professor Lungisile Ntsebeza, was launched at Nelson Mandela University.

The editors of Whose History Counts, June Bam, Lungisile Ntsebeza and Allan Zinn, position the book as a direct response to the 2015/6 South African university students' call for a decolonized curriculum. The book and the 2017 conference on which it was based, sought a wide base of engagement beyond the academies. The introduction to the publication draws attention to the extensive participation in the conference and in the book by black scholars and organic intellectuals and by black women in particular.

The book is divided into two sections, "Decolonising Historiography" and "The Challenges of Praxis." The first section features papers by Nomathamsanqa Tisani; Pamela Maseko; Nomalanga Mkhize; Babalwa Magoqwana; and from the APC, Carolyn Hamilton. Papers by Fani Ncapayi and Mlingani Mayongo; Denver Webb and Mcebisi Ndletyana; June Bam, Bradley van Sitters and Bongani Ndhlovu; and from the APC, Himal Ramji, make up the second section. For more on the book see