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Humanities Awards 2020 shortlist


  • A political biography of Selby Msimang Principle and Acts of Transgression by Sibongiseni Mkhize, HSRC Press
  • Black Academic Voices – The South African Experience by Grace Khunou,  Hugo Canham, Katijah Khoza-Shangase  and Edith Dinong Phaswana, HSRC Press
  • Contemporary live art in South Africa Pragmatism in the Liberation Struggle by Jay Pather and Catherine Boulle, Wits University Press
  • Civilising Grass: The art of the lawn on the South African Highveld by Jonathan Cane, Wits University Press
  • Dance of the Dung Beetles: Their role in our changing world by Marcus Byrne & Helen Lunn, Wits University Press
  • Sol Plaatje: A life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje1876 – 1932 by Brian Willan, Jacana Media Transforming Research Methods in the Social Sciences: Case studies from South Africa by Sumaya Laher, Angelo Fynn and Sherianne Kramer, Wits University Press
  • Whose History Counts - Decolonising African Pre-colonial Historiography by June Bam, Lungisile Ntsebeza & Allan Zinn, African Sun MeDia 
  • Writing the Ancestral River: A biography of the Kowie by Jacklyn Cock, Wits University Press


  • A Tree for the Birds by Vernon Head, Jacana Media
  • Called to Song by Kharnita Mohamed, Kwela
  • Lacuna by Fiona Snyckers, Pan Macmillan
  • SA The History of Intimacy by Gabeba Baderoon, Kwela


  • Asymmetries Exhibition by Nduka Mntambo ,
  • Azimutha: An Experiment of Virtual Reality for the Fashion Film Genre by Nirma Dolly Madhoo
  • Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) Live Art Festival 2018 by Jay Pather
  • Liminal by Reza Khota
  • Mantombi Matotiyana Songs of Greeting, Healing and Heritage by Mantombi Matotiyana
  • Oxford Digital Thematic Atlas series by Elaine Williams
  • There's No Disappointment in Heaven by Kgomotso Moshugi
  • The Tree Song by Kristina Helena
  • The Chronicles of Sketch and Etha by Gregory Koole
  • Speaking Through Walls by Sethembile Msezane
  • Yet to be determined by Gavin Krasti