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Associate Professor Mohamed Adhikari

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Associate Professor Mohamed Adhikari received his PhD from the University of Cape Town. After nearly three decades of research on various aspects of coloured identity and politics in South Africa he recently started working in the area of genocide studies, with a particular focus on settler colonialism and genocide.

Select publications:


Against the Current: A Biography of Harold Cressy (Cape Town: Juta, 2012)
The Anatomy of a South African Genocide: The Extermination of the Cape San Peoples (Cape Town: University of Cape Town Press and Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2010) 
Burdened by Race: Coloured Identities in Southern Africa (Cape Town: University of Cape Town Press, 2009)
Not White Enough, Not Black Enough: Racial Identity in the South African Coloured Community (Cape Town: Double Storey Books and Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2005)
James La Guma (Cape Town: Maskew Miller Longman Pty. Ltd, 1996)

Journal Articles and Chapters in Books:

 “‘A Total Extinction Confidently Hoped For’: The Destruction of Cape San Society under Dutch Colonial Rule, 1700-1795”, Journal of Genocide Research 12: 1 (2010), pp. 19-44.
“‘We Have Been Reduced to Nothing’: The Extermination of the Cape San (Bushman) Peoples in the 18th and 19th Centuries’ (Translated into Hebrew), Zmanim90: 4 (2010) 
“Hotel Rwanda: The Challenges of Historicising and Commercialising Genocide”, Development Dialogue 50 (2008), pp. 173-96.
“‘Streams of Blood and Streams of Money’: New Perspectives on the Annihilation of the Herero and Nama Peoples of Namibia”, Kronos 34 (2008), pp. 303-20.
“From Narratives of Miscegenation to Post-modernist Re-imagining: Toward a Historiography of Coloured Identity in South Africa”, African Historical Review 40: 1 (2008), pp. 77-100.

Current research projects:

Mohamed is currently working on two projects: (i) a long term enterprise investigating the relationship between European settler colonialism and genocide, and (ii) a collaborative study with over a dozen other scholars in various parts of the world exploring the dynamic of conflict between hunter-gatherers and commercial stock farmers, and asking why such clashes have almost invariably led to genocide.

Areas of postgraduate supervision:

Genocide and mass violence, especially in colonial contexts; coloured identity and politics, and by extension racial identities and conflict.

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday: 11:00 – 17:30. 
Please email for alternative appointment times.

Contact details:

Office: Beattie 255, Upper Campus, UCT
E-mail: mohamed.adhikari@uct.ac.za
Phone: 021 650 2962