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69 Jerusalem Street is a collection of short stories put together by Lindiwe Nkutha. In this book Nkutha takes us through the minds of people you may overlook on an ordinary day. Nkutha portrays the stories about women in the township streets and their everyday challenges.

Pages: 200

ISBN 13:  978-1-928433-04-0

The authors in this volume explore the interconnected issues of intergenerational trauma and traumatic memory in societies with a history of collective violence across the globe. Each chapter’s discussion offers a critical reflection on historical trauma and its repercussions and how memory can be used as a basis for dialogue and transformation.

Professor Pumla Gobodo – Madikizela launched her latest publication Breaking Intergenerational Cycles of repetition:  A global dialogue on Historical trauma and memory at the offices of the NIHSS on the 7th of March 2017. A former Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner, Gobodo – Madikizela shared research insights and developments in the field with discussant Prof.

In this book author Kgomotso Michael Masemola uses Gilles Deleuze’s theories of immanence and deterritorialization to explore South African autobiography as both the site and the limit of intertextual cultural memory. Detailing the intertextual turn that is commensurate with belonging to the African world and its diasporic reaches through the Black Atlantic, among others, this book covers autobiographies from Peter Abrahams to Es’kia Mphahlele, from Ellen Kuzwayo to Nelson Mandela.

This must-read book captures the personal accounts of lived experiences of black academics at South African universities in the context of the ongoing debate for transformation and decolonisation of higher education.

It has been crafted in such a way that the contributors find themselves oscillating between the different life trajectories as students and as members of faculty in historically white universities where being black seems to be a challenge. Read more.

At a time of robust public contestation about higher education in South Africa, At the Foot of the Volcano focuses on the personal journeys of university lecturers as ordinary people. The lecturers, based predominantly at the University of Cape Town, share a passion for inspiring South Africa’s next generation of scientists, health care workers, social scientists, poets, essayists, musicians, urban planners, anthropologists and chemists.

Congratulations to Prof Mcebisi Ndletyana on publishing your book: Anatomy of the ANC in Power. This must-read book presents an intimate portrait of the ANC at a local level over a 28-year period and one that informs what is now playing out at a national level. The book was published by @HSRCPress in partnership with NIHSS. Read more:

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Pages: 360

The Class of ‘44’, the founders of the African National Congress Youth League (CYL) in 1944, includes a remarkable list of names: Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo, Anton Lembede, and Ashby Peter (A.P.) Mda. While much has been written on the others, relatively little attention has been paid to Mda, the Youth League president from 1947 to 1947 whom his peers regarded as the foremost political intellectual and strategist of their generation.

The NIHSS in partnership with Jacana Press recently launched Alfred Temba Qabula’s ‘A working life, cruel beyond belief.Qabula was born in the Transkei in 1942. Discussants included Minister of Higher Education Dr. Blade Nzimande, NIHSS Board Chairperson Alfred Qabula’s daughter Noluthando Mdingi and Dr. Sithembiso Bhengu.

A Working Life, Cruel Beyond Belief is the first book in the Hidden Voices series and is Qabula’s testament, telling the powerful story of his life and work. It also contains a generous selection of his poetry. The Hidden Voices Project emerged out of an interest in intellectual left contributions towards discussions on race, class, ethnicity and nationalism in South Africa.