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Sally Matthews

Name: Sally Matthews
Phone: + 27 (0) 46 603 8353
Email: S.Matthews@ru.ac.za
Qualifications: BA, MA (Pretoria), PhD (Birmingham)

Associate Professor and Head of Department

 

Sally Matthews

I joined the department in 2006 and have been HoD since mid-2018. I have an MA in Political Science from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and a Phd in African Studies from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

Teaching

I mostly teach introductory courses in political studies and courses on African Politics and African Political Economy.

I have prepared an online teaching portfolio outlining my teaching philosophy and giving further details about my teaching. This portfolio was prepared in fulfilment of my studies towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education. The portfolio is available here.

All my teaching material is available to Rhodes students on RUconnected. I am happy to share teaching resources and ideas with colleagues and students from elsewhere. If you are interested in knowing more about my teaching, please contact me directly. 

Research

I have published on a range of topics: development (particularly post-development theory), the politics of NGO work, service-learning and community engagement, higher education transformation and decolonisation, and race and privilege. These seemingly eclectic research interests are loosely held together by a general preoccuption with the question of whether and how the relatively privileged can contribute to struggles for social justice. 

I currently serve on the editorial boards of the Journal of Contemporary Studies and of Studies in Social Justice

More about my research can be found on my ResearchGate page and Academia page. My Orcid ID is http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7635-3908.

Publications

This is a list of my publications since 2010. Please consult my ResearchGate or Academia pages for earlier publications.

Matthews, S. (2018) 'Alternatives to Development in Africa'. In Recentering Africa in International Relations: Beyond Lack, Peripherality, and Failure, edited by M. Iniguez de Heredia and Z. Wai. Palgrave.

Matthews, S. (2018) Confronting the Colonial Library: Teaching Political Studies Amidst Calls for a Decolonised Curriculum, Politikon, 45:1, 48-65, DOI: 10.1080/02589346.2018.1418204.

Matthews, S. (2018) Review of On Their Own: Women, Urbanization, and the Right to the City in South Africa, by Allison Goebel, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 20:1, 105-106, DOI: 10.1080/14616742.2017.1400210. 

Matthews, S. (ed.) (2017) NGOs and Social Justice in South Africa and Beyond. Durban: UKZN Press.

Matthews, S. (2017) Colonised minds? Post-development theory and the desirability of development in Africa, Third World Quarterly, 38(12): 2650-2663. Available here.

Matthews, S. (2017)  Privilege, Poverty and Pedagogy: reflections on the introduction of a service-learning component into a postgraduate political studies course. Educational Research for Social Change, 6(2):45-59. Available here.

Matthews, S. (2016) Review of Aram Ziai’s Development Discourse and Global History: From Colonialism to the Sustainable Development Goals. Journal of Development Studies, 52(6):912-914.

Matthews, S. (2016) Reflections on Teaching Africa in South Africa, Politics 36(4): 467–481. Available here.

Tabensky, P. and Matthews, S. (eds) (2015) Being At Home: Race, Institutional Culture And Transformation At South African Higher Education Institutions, Durban: UKZN Press.

Msomi, Z. and Matthews, S. (2015) Protecting indigenous knowledge using intellectual property rights law: the Masakhane Pelargonium case. Africanus 45(1):71-86. Available here.

Matthews, S. (2015) Shifting White Identities in South Africa: White Africans and the Struggle for Racial Justice. Phronimon 16(2):112-129. Available here.

Matthews, S. (2015) Privilege, Solidarity and Social Justice Struggles in South Africa: a view from Grahamstown. Transformation: critical perspectives on southern Africa, issue 88. Available here.

Matthews, S. (2013) What's an everyday campaign on GBV? Gender Links News Service. Available here.

Matthews, S. (2013) Reflections on the Appropriate Use of Unjustly Conferred Privilege. Theoria, no. 135. Available here. An earlier, unpublished version is available here.

Matthews, S. (2012) White Anti-Racism in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Politikon, 39(2):171-188. Available here.

Matthews, S. (2011) Becoming African: Debating Post-Apartheid White South African Identity. African Identities, 9(1):1-18. Available here.

Matthews, S. (2011) Review of Pierre Englebert’s Africa: Unity, Sovereignty, Sorrow. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 29(2):238-241. Available here.

Matthews, S. (2010) Teaching and Researching Africa in an “engaged way”: the possibilities and limitations of community engagement. Journal of Higher Education in Africa, 8, no. 1&2. Available here.

Matthews, S. (2010) Post-development. International Studies Encyclopedia, edited by R.A. Denemark. Blackwell-Wiley. Information on this publication available here.

Matthews, S. (2010) The Ambivalence of African Elitehood. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 45(2):170-18. Available here.

Matthews, S. (2010) Differing Interpretations of Reconciliation in South Africa: a Discussion of the Home for All Campaign. Transformation vol. 74:1-22. Available here.

 

 

 

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