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Prof Chitja Twala
9B 118
051 4012877
Flippie Groenewoud Building: Block B 134

Short CV

Chitja Twala is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of the Free State (UFS). He received his PhD in 2010 from UFS. Twala is currently collaborating with Prof. Peter Limb (Michigan State University in the USA) on a book project on the history of the ANC in the Free State from 1912 to 2012. His contribution into historical knowledge includes extensive usage of archival research. Twala has a substantial publication record on the history of the liberation movements with special reference to the ANC. He is the author of six chapters in The Road to Democracy in South Africa: Vol. 4 (1970-1980) and the Road to Democracy in South Africa: Vol. 6 (1990-1996) published in 2010 and 2013 respectively. In some of the chapters he collaborated with the likes of the Prof Leo Barnard (UFS) and Prof Jeremy Seekings (University of Cape Town). He has 52 peer reviewed articles published in local and international journals. He is an editorial board member of the Journal for Contemporary History and Yesterday and Today.

Twala’s most recent invitations include research visits and as a Key Note Speaker at the Departments of History and Africana Studies at Binghamton, James Madison and Appalachian Universities in the USA. He has presented more than 30 papers both locally and internationally. Twala is also one of the first cohorts of the Vice Chancellor’s Prestige Scholarship Programme (PSP). His research interest includes the following:

  • The history of the liberation history
  • Cultural history
  • Oral History

Twala is currently serving as the chairperson of the Free State Provincial Heritage Resources Authority (FSPHRA), board member of the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) and board member of the Boer Republic Museum in Bloemfontein.

Publications (Short List)

Journal Articles:

Title: The formation of the Congress of the People (COPE): A realistice challenge to the ANC?, Journal for Contemporary History, vol. 34, no. 2, June 2009, pp. 126-146.

Title: The African National Congress Youth League`s (ANCYL`s) role as the `kingmaker`: A moment of the post-Polokwane blues?, Journal for Contemporary History, vol. 34, no. 3, December 2009, pp. 153-171.

Title: The 23rd African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) conference in Bloemfontein: A Polokwane political hangover?, Journal for Contemporary History, vol. 35, no. 1, June 2010, pp. 157-169.

Title: `Jacob Zuma`s Zuluness` appeal during the April 2009 elections in South Africa: An attempt to break the IFP`s grip on Zulu social and political structures?, Journal for Contemporary History, vol. 35, no. 2, September 2010, pp. 66-83.

Title: The Congress of the People (Cope): A new political dynamic during the April 2009 campaign and election?, Journal for Contemporary History, vol. 35, no. 3, December 2010, pp. 89-111.

Chapters in book (s):

Title: Resistance and repression in the Northern Cape, 1980-1990, The Road to Democracy in South Africa, Vol. 4 (1980-1990), Part 1, UNISA Press, Pretoria, pp. 707-762. ISBN: 978-1-86888-599-2. [Co-authored with Prof Leo Barnard of the University of the Free State] 2010.

Title: Activist networks and political protest in the Free State, 1983-1990, The Road to Democracy in South Africa, Vol. 4 (1980-1990), Part 1, UNISA Press, Pretoria, pp. 765-813. ISBN: 978-1-86888-599-2. [Co-authored with Prof Jeremy Seekings of the University of Cape Town] 2010.

Title: Resistance and conformity in the Qwaqwa homeland, 1975-1990, The Road to Democracy in South Africa, Vol. 4 (1980-1990), Part 1, UNISA Press, Pretoria, pp. 815-872. ISBN: 978-1-86888-599-2. 2010


Courses Presented

GES124       Twentieth-century world history                                           

                   (with special reference to globalisation)

GES214       The rise of nationalism in South Africa and Africa and the resistance to it                       

                   (with special reference to Africa’s drive towards independence)

GES314       En route to the new South Africa and the African Renaissance, c. 1976-2000: a historical perspective                                                                        

                   (with special reference to Africa after independence)

GES601      Vakteorie, navorsingsmetodologie en moderne historiografie/Subject theory, research methodology and modern historiography

GES691      Skripsie (40-50 bladsye teks)/Mini-thesis (40-50 pages text)

GES704      Aspekte van die geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika, ca 1961-1980/Aspects of the history of South Africa, ca 1961-1980

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