George Hamandishe Karekwaivanane
- Dr George Hamandishe Karekwaivanane
- Lecturer in African Studies, Programme Director MSc in African Studies
- 4.05 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- +44 (0)131 651 3206
- Research Interests
- Nationalism and the post-colonial state in Africa, Zimbabwe, Colonial/imperial history, legal history, history of the legal profession, Human rights, digital research, digital publics and counterpublics, Digital humanities, Media and society, new media
Guidance and Feedback Hours
- Mondays 2-4 pm
B. A. Economic History, University of Zimbabwe
M. A. African Economic History, University of Zimbabwe
M. Sc. African Studies, University of Oxford
D. Phil. History, University of Oxford
George studied Economic History at the University of Zimbabwe before doing an M. Sc. in African Studies as well as a doctorate in History at Oxford University. Before coming to Edinburgh, George was a research fellow in the Centre of African Studies at the University of Cambridge. He currently serves as an editor of the Journal of Southern African Studies.
One of George's key research interests is exploring the ways that law and legal struggles can be used to shed light on social and political processes in African history. His recent monograph entitled The Struggle over State Power in Zimbabwe: Law and Politics Since 1950, examines how law was deployed in the constitution and contestation of state power and legitimacy in Zimbabwe between 1950 and 2008. He is currently writing up his Leverhulme Trust
funded research project that examines the history of the legal profession in Zimbabwe between 1950 and 2010. It pays attention to lawyers' roles as legal intermediaries, public intellectuals, politicians, and ‘cultural entrepreneurs’. In addition to treating legal professionals as important subjects in their own right, the project uses them as a prism through which to study the intersections between law, politics and society in Zimbabwe.
George's second research interest is investigating the diverse ways that digital media is reshaping social, political and economic life in Africa. He and colleagues at the University of Cambridge have produced a Special Issue Publics in Africa in a Digital Age that explores the ways that digital media has been used to convoke publics and counterpublics in Africa.
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
Karekwaivanane G. H., 'Zimbabwe:Legal Practitioners, Politics
and Transformation Since 1980' in Richard L Abel, Ole Hammerslev, Hilary
Sommerlad & Ulrike Schultz (eds) Lawyers in 21st Century Societies Vol 1, Hart Publishing, 2020.
Karekwaivanane G. H. and Admire Mare, ‘“We are Not Just voters, we are citizens!”: Social Media, the #ThisFlag Campaign, and Insurgent Citizenship in Zimbabwe’, in T. Molony and M. Dwyer, (eds) Social Media and Politics in Africa: Democracy, Security and Surveillance, (Zed Press, 2019).
‘Re-centering Justice in African Studies’, with Jessica Johnson, in J. Johnson and G. H. Karekwaivanane (eds), Pursuing Justice in Africa: Competing Imaginaries and Contested Practices, Ohio University Press, (2018).
Zimbabwe Civil Society Millennium Development Goals Report 2006, with Karenga K., Masuko L., and Anyona N. K., National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations – Zimbabwe, (2007).
“Taking Stock of the Humanitarian Response to Operation Murambatsvina,” NGO Alert, February-March, (2007).
Topics interested in supervising
Zimbabwean social and political history; histories of law, crime, and justice; nationalism and anti-colonial struggles, customary law, African history, digital media, digital humanities, the public sphere, legal professionals
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