BSc(hons)(Adelaide), BA(Hons)(Adelaide), PhD(UNSW)
Prof Tom Martin is the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Rhodes University.
DEPUTY DEAN OF HUMANITIES: ACADEMIC
Dr Joy Owen BSocSci(Hons), MSocSci(UCT), PhD(Rhodes)
Joy Owen Is also the Head of Department for Anthropology.
Dr Owen completed her undergraduate training in Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town. She completed her Honours degree in MSocSc also with the University of Cape Town. In 2003 Joy joined the department as a Mellon funded lecturer for a contract period of three years. Initially she intended to complete a further eight months of research on the police in the Western Cape to fulfil the needed 12 months of fieldwork for the doctorate. However, interested in the newly observed migrations of migrants from the African continent to South Africa, Joy completed 15 months of fieldwork over a period of five years. Her final thesis conferred in April 2012 detailed the lives of Congolese migrant men and women the coastal ‘village’ of Muizenberg, Cape Town. She detailed their socialisation into new ways of economic being, while they maintained an economic habitus that garnered them support from other Congolese and a South African patron. In essence, the fine portrayal of three male migrants’ lives in Muizenberg demonstrated their graduation from social childhood to social adulthood.
DEPUTY DEAN OF HUMANITIES: RESEARCH
Prof Enocent Msindo BA (History and Philosophy, UZ); MPhil, History (Cambridge); PhD, (Cambridge); PgDHE, (Rhodes, RSA)
Enocent Msindo is an Associate Professor of History. He is a National Research Foundation (NRF, RSA) rated researcher. He has wide-ranging research interests in African social and political history. Over the years, he has researched and published on social and political identities such as ethnicity, nationalism, chieftaincy, and also on marginalisation in precolonial, colonial and post-colonial Zimbabwe. Recently, he completed a major work on ethnicity and its intersection with other identities in Southern Zimbabwe which he published in his well-received monograph entitled Ethnicity in Zimbabwe: Transformations in Kalanga and Ndebele Societies, 1860-1990. The book was published by Rochester University Press in September 2012.
Msindo is also interested in media history, propaganda and information policy studies in Africa and its relationship with the global information architecture. He is currently researching on information policy in colonial and post-colonial Zimbabwe. Media students, sociologists, political scientists and historians who would like to research on this subject are welcome to contact Prof. Msindo.
As a very thorough historian, who strongly believes in solid archival and fieldwork based historical research as opposed to ‘desktop’ synthesis (not to say that ‘desktop’ research is bad!), Msindo is looking for serious, interested, honest and hard-working (post-) graduate students and research partners to engage with him in various researches of historical and interdisciplinary nature that would help put Africa (and their communities of origin) on the map. Feel free to follow Msindo’s profile on https://rhodes-za.academia.edu/MsindoE
Karen is the Faculty Officer for the Humanities Faculty. After living in London for nearly 10 years Karen returned to Grahamstown and started working at Rhodes University in May 2005 as the Secretary for the School of Journalism and Media Studies. In July 2006 Karen took up the post of Office Administrator for the Faculty and since then has completed the Human Resource Development Division Certificate Course in Supervision and in 2007 enrolled onto the Management Development Programme and completed the Human Resource Management and Strategic Management modules. She hopes to complete the 2 final modules when they are offered again. In 2008 her post was upgraded. Karen is also co-ordinates the Fringe Fifty Reviews for CUE Newspaper during the National Arts Festival.