Alumna Janet Remmington wins Literary Award


Alumna and Member of Common Room Janet Remmington (MSc African Studies, 2008) has won the 2018 Best Edited Collection Prize for 'Sol Plaatje's Native Life in South Africa: Past and Present', awarded by South Africa's National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The book had its originary impetus with Janet's Master's research, which also won the 2009 Terence Ranger Prize for best dissertation. The book was edited by Janet, Brian Willan and Bheki Peterson. It is a collection of poems, provocations, photos, stories, and academic essays that aim to shed new light on how and why Plaatje’s Native Life came into being at a critical historical juncture, and reflects on how it can be read in relation to South Africa’s heightened challenges today.

First published in 1916, Sol Plaatje’s Native Life in South Africa was written by one of South Africa’s most talented early 20th-century black leaders and journalists. Plaatje’s pioneering book arose out of an early African National Congress campaign to protest against the discriminatory 1913 Natives Land Act.  

The HSS Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding, innovative and socially responsive works in the humanities and social sciences that enhance and advance post-apartheid and post-colonial forms of scholarship through creative and digital productions. 

The judges said: "This is innovation at its best. This collection couldn't have come at a better time, touching on student protests, decolonisation of the curriculum, the radical economic transformation, to mention a few".

Janet has kindly donated a copy of the book which will be available in the College library soon.


Ella Bedrock

Monday 23 April 2018