Rebecca Swartz is a historian of British imperialism in the nineteenth century, focusing on the intersections between childhood, race, and humanitarianism. Her research interests include histories of education, child migration, and missions in settler colonial contexts. She is currently working on histories of childhoods in the post-emancipation Cape colony, with a focus on the relationship between understandings of childhood, freedom, and labour.

Rebecca recently published her first monograph entitled Education and Empire: Children, Race and Humanitarianism in the British Settler Colonies, 1833-1880 in the Palgrave Cambridge Studies in Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series. After completing her PhD at Royal Holloway University in London in 2015, she returned to South Africa and has completed postdoctoral research fellowships at the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch. She has taught on South African history and gender and history at the University of Cape Town, as well as leading courses at the Council on International Education Exchange in Cape Town.

Publications

Monograph

Education and Empire: Children, Race and Humanitarianism in the British Settler Colonies 1833-1880 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2019) 

Edited volume

Peter Kallaway and Rebecca Swartz (eds.), Empire and Education in Africa: The Shaping of a Comparative Perspective (New York: Peter Lang, 2016).

Chapters and articles

Rebecca Swartz, Mariya Ivancheva, Laura Czerniewicz and Neil Morris, ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Dilemmas regarding the purpose of public universities in South Africa’, Higher Education, (2018), https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-018-0291-9.

Rebecca Swartz  ‘Civilisation and Colonial Education: Natal and Western Australia in comparative perspective’, History of Education, 47 (3) (2018), 368-383, https://doi.org/10.1080/0046760X.2017.1411530

Rebecca Swartz and Peter Kallaway, ‘Editorial: Imperial, global and local in histories of colonial education’, History of Education, 47(3) (2018), 362-367, https://doi.org/10.1080/0046760X.2018.1425742

Rebecca Swartz ‘Educating emotions in Natal and Western Australia, 1854-1865’, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 18 (2) (2017)

Rebecca Swartz, ‘Industrial education in Natal: The British imperial context, 1830-1860’ in Empire and Education in Africa: The Shaping of a Comparative Perspective, ed. by Peter Kallaway and Rebecca Swartz (New York: Peter Lang, 2016), 53-80.

Peter Kallaway and Rebecca Swartz ‘Introduction’ in Empire and Education in Africa: The Shaping of a Comparative Perspective, ed. by Peter Kallaway and Rebecca Swartz (New York: Peter Lang, 2016), 1-28.

Rebecca Swartz and Johan Wassermann, ‘“Britishness”, colonial governance and education: St Helenian children in colonial Natal in the 1870s’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 44(6) (2016), 881-899, 

Rebecca Swartz, ‘“Good citizens and gentlemen”: Gender, reputation and identity at the South African College, 1880-1910’, South African Historical Journal, 68(4) (2016), 517-535,

Book reviews

Changing Childhoods in the Cape Colony, by S.E.Duff’, South African Historical Journal, 69(1) (2017),138-140, 

Awards/Fellowships/Prizes

  • African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowship (American Council of Learned Societies) 2018                
  • Historical Studies Departmental Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Cape Town 2016               
  • Gladstone Library Research Scholarship 2015     
  • University of London Travel Grant for overseas research 2013               
  • Commonwealth Scholarship for doctoral study in the United Kingdom 2012 - 2015   
  • Manuel and Luby Washkansky Scholarship for Masters study 2011       
  • University of Cape Town Research Scholarship 2011                
  • Charles Struben Scholarship              
  • Mellon Foundation Scholarship for graduate studies in the Humanities 2010   
  • UCT Humanities Faculty Scholarships awarded on academic merit for each year of undergraduate study 2007-2009     
  • Class Medals for top place achieved for third year courses Critical Psychology, Historical Approaches, Film and History; Second year courses Gender and History, Making of the Modern Middle East; and First year Historical studies course Peoples, Politics and Place 2007-2009      

Links

Twitter: @histosaurusbex
Academia.edu