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Noor Nieftagodien

Head of the History Workshop, University of the Witwatersrand

Professor Noor Nieftagodien is the NRF South African Research Chair in Local Histories, Present Realities and is the Head of the History Workshop at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he also lectures in the Department of History. He is the co-author, with Phil Bonner, of books on the history of Alexandra, Ekurhuleni and Kathorus, and has also published books on the history of Orlando West and the Soweto uprising, and co-edited a book on the history of the ANC.

Noor has published articles and book chapters on aspects of popular insurgent struggles, public history, youth politics and local history. He is currently researching the history of the Congress of South African Students and is the co-editor of the soon to be published Labour Struggles in Southern Africa, 1919-1949: New Perspectives on the Industrial and Commercial Workers’ Union (ICU), He serves on the boards of the South African History Archives (SAHA), the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) and the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI), as well as of the journal, African Studies.


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    Head of the History Workshop, University of the Witwatersrand