Kundai Manamere’s research interest lies in the history of medicine in Southern Africa with a particular focus on Zimbabwe. She graduated with a PhD in Africa Studies from the University of the Free State in December 2016. Her work focusses on the social history of medicine and historical epidemiology in general and that of malaria and colonial medicine in particular. She investigates the relationships between malaria, white settlement, economic development, population mobility, the nature of ‘colonial science’ and histories of disease and intervention in the region.


Mahamba B, Nyabezi- Shenjere P & Manamere K, 'Gender Disparities among the Lecturing Staff at the University of Zimbabwe: Past and Present.' In S. Katsamudanga and J. Mujere (eds.), The University of Zimbabwe at Sixty: Historical Reflections, Harare, University of Zimbabwe Publications, 2015, (pp. 70-93). 978-1-77920-155-7

‘Majoni-joni - wayward criminals or a good catch? Labour migrancy, masculinity and marriage in rural South Eastern Zimbabwe’, African Diaspora, Vol.7, Issue 1, 2014.  The research was funded by ESRC grant number RES 000 22 3795

‘An evaluation of the mushrooming of new independent colleges in Zimbabwe with special emphasis on the education of the urban child, 2000-2009, in Zimbabwe Journal of Education, Vol.24, No.1, 2012 

‘The power of totemic identity in the search for the ‘ordinary’: The case of Nyajena in South Eastern Zimbabwe’, in Journal of Identity Culture and Politics: An Afro – Asian Dialogue, Vol. 12. Number 1, July 2011

Awards/Fellowships/ Prizes

Awarded funding to attend the ‘Emerging Scholars and New Research in Southern Africa’ Workshop held in Malawi, 16-20 July 2018. The British Institute in Eastern Africa covered the basic costs of my airfare and accommodation, and the Journal of Southern African Studies and the Centre for Social Research funded other conference costs. 

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