Associate Professor Sean Field is passionate about people telling their life stories. His academic career involves using and teaching oral history research methodology. It was during studies at UCT in the mid-1980s that he began doing oral history interviews with textile workers. This was followed by an MA on the Windermere/Kensington community and apartheid displacements, which was continued as a PhD at the University of Essex and completed in 1996.
Sean began work in the Department in 1997, and he has since coordinated the Western Cape Oral History Project and served as Director of the Centre for Popular Memory (CPM) from 2001 to 2012. He was also a founder member of the Oral History Association of South Africa (OHASA) and Vice-President of the International Oral History Association (IOHA) from 2008 to 2010.
Areas of postgraduate supervision:
Apartheid memories, lives and places; cross-general memory, trauma and family histories; African refugees in South Africa; politics of memory in transitional states; oral histories on film and video.