Eleanor Bron-Swart

Eleanor Bron-Swart obtained a journalism degree from the University of Pretoria in 2010, and her subsequent studies at the University of Pretoria (BHCS (Hons) 2011, MHCS 2015) have all had a strong focus on South African media history, which remains a key research interest.

At the ISG, her PhD research examines the propaganda and media debates around the 1960 republican referendum in South Africa and how white group identities were portrayed and propagated, primarily in the mainstream media at the time. More broadly, she is interested in the evolution of nation-building, unity, group distinctiveness, and South Africanism during the twentieth century in South Africa.


'Political independence in Africa as portrayed by the white South Africa press during 1960,' Journal for Contemporary HistoryVolume 42 Number 1, Jun 2017, p. 1 - 22

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