2018 Humanities and Social Sciences Awards longlists announced

The 2018 Humanities and Social Sciences Awards longlists have been revealed!

Fiction nominees include Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese, Sarah Godsell, Bronwyn Law-Viljoen, Kopano Matlwa and Jolyn Phillips, among others.

Other authors up for awards are Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu, Thula Simpson, Richard Pithouse, Leon de Kock, Nicky Falkof, Christa Kuljian, Dikgang Moseneke, Paul McNally, Steven Robins, Lucas Ledwaba, Leon Sadiki and Bongani Madondo.

Scroll down for the full list of nominees.

The Humanities and Social Sciences Awards are open to all academics, curators and artists of various forms of creative work who are based in participating South African universities working to advance the humanities and social sciences.

The awards are presented in the categories Best Fiction: Single authored volume, Best Non-fiction: Edited volume, Best Non-fiction: Monograph, Creative Collection and Digital Contribution.

NIHSS CEO Professor Sarah Mosoetsa says: ‘The HSS Awards were started with the strategic intent of a robust post-apartheid higher education system shaped in its character by an equally spirited Humanities and Social Sciences. This notion birthed the HSS Awards as a platform to indeed promote, recognise and celebrate members of the HSS community who were undertaking the necessary work of creating post-apartheid and postcolonial forms of scholarship, creative and digital humanities productions.

‘The Awards seek to honour the outstanding, innovative and socially responsive scholarship as well as digital contributions.’

The shortlists will be announced on Sunday, 11 March.

This year’s awards will be held at the John Kani Theatre at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg on Thursday, 15 March 2018.


2018 Humanities and Social Sciences Awards entries


Best Fiction: Single authored volume

  • Loud and Yellow Laughter by Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese (Botsotso)
  • Seaweed Sky by Sarah Godsell (Poetree Publications)
  • The Printmaker by Bronwyn Law-Viljoen (Penguin Random House)
  • Period Pain by Kopano Matlwa (Jacana Media)
  • Tlhokaina by Maruping Phepheng (PEM Media)
  • Tjieng Tjang Tjerries and Other Stories by Jolyn Phillips (Modjaji Books)
  • Lies in Her Boots by Yamkela Tywakadi (Weza Home Publishing)
  • Ndibuyisele Esizalweni by Yamkela Tywakadi (Weza Home Publishing)
  • A Necklace of Springbok Ears: /Xam Orality and South African Literature by Helize van Vuuren (Africa Sun Media)


Best Non-fiction: Edited volume

  • EZiko Sipheka Sisophula: Locating African Voices and Worldviews Within the Academy, Volume 1 by Bagele Chilisa and Nomalungelo Ivy Goduka (National Library of South Africa’s Centre for the Book)
  • Equal But Different: Women Leaders’ Life Stories: Overcoming Race, Gender and Social Class by Judy Dlamini (Sifiso Publishers)
  • The Thabo Mbeki I Know by Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu and Miranda Strydom (Pan Macmillan)
  • Natures of Africa: Ecocriticism and Animal Studies in Contemporary Cultural Forms edited by Fatima Moolla (Wits University Press)
  • State of the Nation 2016: Who is in Charge? edited by Daniel Plaatjies, Charles Hongoro, Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu, Thenjiwe Meyiwa and Muxe Nkondo (HSRC Press)
  • Hanging on a Wire: Photographs by Sophia Klaase edited by Siona O’Connell and Rick Rohde (Fourthwall Books)
  • Military Psychology for Africa by GAJ van Dyk (African Sun Media)
  • Africanising the Curriculum: Indigenous Perspectives and Theories edited by Mishack Gumbo and Vuyisile Msila (African Sun Media)
  • Ties that Bind: Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa edited by Jon Soske and Shannon Walsh (Wits University Press)
  • Fees Must Fall: Student Revolt, Decolonisation and Governance in South Africa edited by Susan Booysen (Wits University Press)
  • Sol Plaatje’s Native Life in South Africa: Past and Present edited by Bhekizizwe Peterson, Brian Willan and Janet Remmington (Wits University Press)
  • Cricket and Conquest: The History of South African Cricket Retold edited by André Odendaal, Krish Reddy, Christopher Merrett and Jonty Winch (HSRC Press/BestRed)


Best Non-fiction: Monograph

  • Waves of Change: Globalisation and Seafaring Labour Markets by Shaun Ruggunan (HSRC Press)
  • Protest Nation: The Right to Protest in South Africa by Jane Duncan (UKZN Press)
  • Umkhonto we Sizwe by Thula Simpson (Penguin Random House)
  • Dr Philip’s Empire: One Man’s Struggle for Justice in Nineteenth-Century South Africa by Tim Keegan (Penguin Random House)
  • The Fires Beneath: The Life of Monica Wilson, South African Anthropologist by Sean Morrow (Penguin Random House)
  • Consumption, Media and the Global South: Aspiration Contested by Mehita Iqani (UKZN Press/Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Diaspora and Identity in South African Fiction by JU Jacobs (UKZN Press)
  • Writing the Decline: On the Struggle for South Africa’s Democracy by Richard Pithouse (Jacana Media)
  • Solidarity Road: The Story of a Trade Union in the Ending of Apartheid by Jan Theron (Jacana Media)
  • The Road to Soweto: Resistance and the Uprising of 16 June 1976 by Julian Brown (Jacana Media)
  • Apartheid and the Making of a Black Psychologist: A Memoir by N Chabani Manganyi (Wits University Press)
  • Thinking Freedom in Africa: Toward a Theory of Emancipatory Politics by Michael Neocosmos (Wits University Press)
  • The New Black Middle Class in South Africa by Roger Southall (Jacana Media)
  • An Empty Plate: Why We Are Losing the Battle for Our Food System, Why it Matters, and How We Can Win it Back by Tracy Ledger (Jacana Media)
  • Losing the Plot: Crime, Reality and Fiction in Postapartheid Writing by Leon de Kock (Wits University Press)
  • The End of Whiteness: Satanism and Family Murder in Late Apartheid South Africa by Nicky Falkof (Jacana Media)
  • Darwin’s Hunch: Science, Race and the Search for Human Origins by Christa Kuljian (Jacana Media)
  • My Own Liberator: A Memoir by Dikgang Moseneke (Pan Macmillan)
  • The Street: Exposing a World of Cops, Bribes and Drug Dealers by Paul McNally (Pan Macmillan)
  • Sociology in South Africa Colonial, Apartheid and Democratic Forms by Radhamany Sooryamoorthy (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Letters of Stone: From Nazi Germany to South Africa by Steven Robins (Penguin Random House)
  • Broke and Broke: The Shameful Legacy of Gold Mining in South Africa by Lucas Ledwaba and Leon Sadiki (BlackBird Books)
  • Sigh, The Beloved Country: Braai Talk, Rock ‘n Roll and Other Stories by Bongani Madondo (Pan Macmillan)


Creative Collection

  • ‘Crossing Borders’, Touring exhibition at Sanaa Arts Festival, 2016 and Aardklop Festival, 2016, Curatorial Projects by Daniel Rankadi Mosako
  • ‘Between Sisters’, Theatre by Refiloe Lepere
  • ‘Mazisi Kunene’s Epic Poem: A Music Interpretation’, Music by Thokozani Mhlambi
  • ‘Noem My Skollie’, Composition by Kyle Shepherd
  • ‘Kafkas Ape’, Theatre by Phala O Phala, Tony Bonani Miyambo and Franz Kafka
  • ‘De Voortrekkers’, Orchestral Film Score, Composition by Chris Jeffery
  • ‘When the Moon Waxes Red’, Installation Art by Sharlene Khan
  • ‘The Daily Dose’, Video Art by Jackie Ruth Murray
  • ‘Olifantland’, Puppetry by Puppet and Ukwanda Design Collective


Digital Contribution

  • Artists’ Books in South Africa, Best DH Visualisation or Infographic by David Paton
  • Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition in Six Volumes, Best DH Project for Community Engagement by Christine Lucia
  • Inside-out Outside-in in South African Corrections Interest Group, Best DH Project for Community Engagement by Martin Terre Blanche
  • Disappearance Project: White Noise, Best DH Project for Community Engagement by Heniel Fourie
  • Digital Fashion as Praxis, Best DH Visualisation or Infographic by Nirma Madhoo and Jessica Shuttleworth


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