Department of History

Dr Suryakanthie Chetty

College of Human Sciences
School of Humanities
Department: History
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 012 429 6267
Fax: 012 429 3221


  • BA (University of Natal, 1998)
  • BA (Hons)  (University of Natal, 1999)
  • MA (University of Natal,  2001)
  • PhD  (University of KwaZulu–Natal, 2006)

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Fields of academic interests

  • Gender and War
  • History of Science (particularly Geology)

Journal articles

  • ‘Imagining National Unity: South African Propaganda Efforts during the Second World War’, Kronos: Southern African Histories, 38, Nov 2012, pp.106-130.
  • ‘Engaging ABH in a Development Discourse: The Social Enhancement of Chatsworth’, co-written with Reshma Sookrajh, Oriental Anthropologist, Special Number on Chatsworth, South Africa, Goolam Vahed and Ashwin Desai, (eds.), 12 (2 ), 2012, pp.401-413.
  • ‘“All the News that’s Fit to Print”: The Print Media of the Second World War and its Portrayal of the Gendered and Racial Identities of the War’s Participants’, South African Historical Journal, 54, 2005, pp.30-53.

Book chapters and encyclopaedia entries:

  • ‘ “A White Man’s War”: Settler Masculinity in the Union Defence Force, 1939-1945’, in Africa and World War II, J. Byfield, C.A. Brown, T. Parsons and A Sikainga (eds), (Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp.303-323.
  • ‘The Aryan Benevolent Home: A People’s Movement for Upholding the Dignity of Life’, co-written with Bobby Luthra Sinha in Chatsworth: The Making of a South African Township, Desai, A. and Vahed, G. (eds), (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2013), pp.381-391.
  • ‘Albertina Sisulu’ and ‘Elinor Sisulu’ in Dictionary of African Biography.  Akyeampong, E. and Gates, H.L. Jr., eds.  (Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • ‘“Our Victory was Our Defeat’: Race, Gender and Liberalism in the Union Defence Force, 1939-1945’ in The World in World Wars: Experiences, Perceptions and Perspectives from the South,  R. Ahuja, K. Bromber, D. Hamzah, K. Lange, H. Liebau (eds.), (Brill Book Series, 2010), pp.457-482.