Department of History

Dr Sipokazi Madida

College of Human Sciences
School of Humanities
Department: History
Tel: 012 429 6126


  • BA Education (University of Transkei (Now Walter Sisulu University), 1997)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies – Cum Laude (University of the Western Cape, 2008)
  • MA History – Cum Laude (University of the Western Cape, 2010)
  • PhD History - (University of the Western Cape, 2018)

Fields of academic interests

  • Public history and post-apartheid heritage
  • Critical heritage studies
  • Public arts and cultural representations
  • Museums and galleries
  • Politics of history, heritage and memory
  • History education

Field of Specialisation

  • Critical heritage studies
  • Public and visual history
  • History education


Chapters in books

  • Madida, S. 2023. “Reflecting on post-apartheid heritage redress: from unsettled pasts to unsettled presents and uncertain futures”. In Costandius E and de Villiers G (eds), Visual Redress in Africa from Indigenous and New Materialist Perspectives. New York: Routledge. 1St Edition.
  • Madida, S. 2020. “Troubling statues: a symptom of a complex heritage complex.” In Nettleton A and Alufabi Fubah M (eds). Exchanging Symbols: Monuments and Memorials in Post-apartheid South Africa. Stellenbosch: Africa Sun Media.
  • Sambumbu, S. 2012. “Township Scenes”. In Grunebaum H & Maurice E (eds). Uncontained: Opening the Community Arts Project Archive. Cape Town: UWC Centre for Humanities Research.

Journal articles

  • Madida S. 2023. Examining the failures of post-apartheid heritage to foster social cohesion and reconciliation. UMsunduzi Museum Journal.
  • Madida S. 2022. Two Steps Forward and One Step Back: The Nature of The South African Post-apartheid Heritage Production. Cultural History Journal, 1, 30-47.
  • Simpson T, Gopalan K, Madida S, Swart S. 2021. Reflections on Lockdown. South African Historical Journal South African Historical Journal, 73:1, At the edge of the Anthropocene: crossing borders in southern African environmental history, 25-44.
  • Madida, S. 2019. Book review: The House of Tshatshu: Power, Politics and Chiefs North-West of the Great Kei River, c1818-2018, by Anne K/ Mager and Phiko J. Velelo: University of Cape Town Press. 2018, African Historical Review, 51:2.
  • Madida, S. 2010. Reading Visual Representations of 'Ndabeni' in the Public Realms. Kronos, 36, 184-206.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Albert Luthuli Young Historians Award / Oral History Teacher Award, 2006
  • University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS): Visiting Scholar/Fellowship, August 2011 – February 2012
  • Distinguished Teacher Award, Arts Faculty, University of the Western Cape, 2012
  • Harvard University, Harvard-South Africa Fellowship: Visiting Fellow, August 2014 – May 2015