Call for submissions


In 2011 the SAHS Exco, with support from Taylor and Francis, (our South African Historical Journal publisher) established the:

‘The SAHS Graduate Student Prize’

for Best Student Paper presented at the Biennial Conference.

We now invite paper submissions from eligible graduate students attending the 2017 biennial SAHS conference (Wits University, 21-23 June).

The Prize

¨ Membership to SAHS (or membership refund, from June 2017-December 2018).

¨ Taylor & Francis book vouchers worth ₤250 pounds.

¨ If the winning paper is recommended for publication, it will appear in the special conference edition of the SAHJ.

Past recipients include:

2011 - Kylie van Zyl, RU PhD, ‘Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: A Comparison of the Construction of Authority and Responsibility in Two South African Cholera Epidemics, 1980–1983 and 2000–2003’
2013 - Wesley Mwatwara, SUN PhD, ‘Even the Calves Must Dip’: East Coast Fever, Africans and the Imposition of Dipping Tanks in Southern Rhodesia, c.1902–1930’

2015 - Philip D. Rotz, Boston University PhD, ‘Sweetness and Fever? Sugar

Production, Aedes aegypti, and Dengue Fever in Natal, South Africa, 1926–1927’


Submissions should be 6,000-8,000 words in length, double-spaced with 12-point font, inclusive of footnotes and bibliography. The paper should be original work, sole authored and should not have been submitted to a journal for review or publication. The subject matter of the paper must fit within the mandate of the SAHJ.

Eligible students must be Southern African and/or enrolled at a Southern African University. Submissions should be sent to the committee chair and SAHS Vice-President, Prof. Enocent Msindo, Rhodes University,, with evidence of your student status and institutional affiliation.


Deadline: 1st June 2017!


Student Prize