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Ms Camalita Naicker

Camalita Naicker

Camalita Naicker holds an MA in Political Studies from Rhodes University where she was  a research student at the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University (Uhuru). Part of her MA and PhD, course work was conducted at the Centre for African Studies (UCT) and the Centre for Political Studies (Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi) respectively. She believes in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of history and also holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree and an Honours in African Languages from Rhodes University.


Her current doctoral research in historical studies is titled: The Afterlives of Marikana in South African popular politics. Her research focuses on histories of migration, labour, trade unionism and popular politics in in South Africa. She has written on the Marikana Massacre; #Feesmustfall and gender and ethnicity in the trade union movement.



Journal Articles

Unpacking the role of women in community struggles. South African Labour Bulletin. July/August. 2018.

The Languages of Xenophobia in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Reviewing Migrancy, Foreignness and Solidarity. Agenda. Volume 30, No.2 Pp46 -60. 2016.

Broadening Conceptions of Democracy and Citizenship: The Subaltern Histories of Rural Resistance in Mpondoland and Marikana. (with Sarah Bruchhausen. Journal of Contemporary African Studies. Volume 34, No. 2. 2016. Pp, 388-403

#feesmustfall: The praxis of popular politics in South Africa. Urbanisation. Vol. 1.  No.1. 2016. Pp. 53-61

The Politics of Specificity: Marikana and the Subaltern, Economic and Political Weekly. Volume, L. No24. 2015. Pp, 99-107.

Worker Struggles as Community Struggles: The Politics of Protest in Nkaneng, Marikana, Journal of African and Asian Studies. Volume, 51, No.2. 2016. Pp. 157-170.


Book Chapters

“Broadening Conceptions of Democracy and Citizenship: The Subaltern Histories of   Rural Resistance in Mpondoland and Marikana” in Land Reform Revisited: Democracy, State Making and Agrarian Transformation in Post Apartheid South Africa. Ed. Femke Brandt and Grascian Mkodzongi. Brill Press: Leiden. 2018. Pp. 15-37.

The Politics of Representation in Marikana: A tale of competing ideologies, in Lesley Cowling and Carolyn Hamilton (ed), Babel Unbound. 2020. Pg. 183 – 215

Rethinking the Histories of Trade Unionism and Labour in South Africa, in Dan Magaziner (ed) Oxford Handbook of South African History. (Forthcoming).


Other Publications

The Media and the Workers of Marikana. Africa is a Country. Available [online]: https://africasacountry.com/2020/09/the-media-and-the-workers-of-marikana

Reimagining the South African Indian. Africa is a Country. Available [online]: https://africasacountry.com/2018/06/imagining-the-south-african-indian

The Continued Resilience of the Workers at Marikana. Africa is a Country. Available [online]: http://africasacountry.com/2017/10/the-resilience-of-the-workers-at-marikana-continues/

Silencing women in activist spaces – reflections on #menaretrash: Amandla Forum. Amandla Magazine. Issue No. 53. Available [online]: https://aidc.org.za/politically-important-silencing-women-activist-spaces-reflections-menaretrash-amandla-forum/

JNU Diary: A South African of South Asian origin dissects racism on campus. Sroll.in. 2016. Available [online]: http://scroll.in/article/809233/how-a- south-african- of-south-asian- origin-witnessed-racism- as-a- student-in- delhi

Post – Marikana SA: Birthing the New Student Politics, Daily Maverick, 2015. Available [online]: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2015-04-07-post-marikana-sa-birthing-the-new-student-politics/#.Vr2Hv8Criko

Interview with Silvia Federici on Revolution at Point Zero. Genderlinks. Available online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCTVO4ynW2A. Grahamstown, 2013.


Grants and Fellowships

2017 – Academy for African Urban Diversity (AAUD) Fellow

2018 – Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) Fellow                  

2019- African Pathways NIHSS Grant Award

Research Affiliations:

2014-2016: Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU)

2017 – Present: Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative (APC)


Contact details:

email: camalita.naicker@uct.ac.za

Phone: +27 (0)21 650 1457