Colin Murray Award for Postdoctoral Research in Southern Africa Journal of Southern African Studies

Journal of Southern African Studies
The Editorial Board of the Journal of Southern African Studies (JSAS) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Colin Murray Postdoctoral Research Award: Janne Juhana Rantala.
Janne has just submitted his doctorate at the University of Eastern Finland and will be taking up a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Western Cape in 2018. He has previously published an article in JSAS entitled ‘Hidrunisa Samora’: Invocations of a Dead Political Leader in Maputo Rap. His project is entitled ‘Memory, Political Ancestors and Reconciliation’. The project examines the public memory of controversial historical figures in Mozambique by looking at  various forms of expression such as debates around statues and monuments, rap and there musical genres, theatre, literature and political ceremonies.  He is interested in the ways that the invocation of the names of controversial historical figures can paradoxically strengthen a culture of peace in Mozambique. The research will primarily be conducted in Beira. 
More about the Colin Murray Award for Postdoctoral Research
The Board welcomes applications annually from postdoctoral researchers for up to £2,500 to support original ‘engaged field research’ on a topic relevant to the diverse interests and work of the late Colin Murray. For an overview of his work please visit this page. Eligible applicants must be within two years from the award of their PhD. The research should be conducted within, and have potential benefit to Southern African studies (defined as the region covered by JSAS).