New Catalogue – Wits University Press 2014/15

Wits University Press has the pleasure of offering our latest catalogue. We are proud to publish leading South African and international scholars’ work.

 You can find the new titles for 2014/2015 under the different subject sections in the catalogue: Urban Studies, Political Theory, Cultural Studies, History, Paleoanthropology, Rock Art, Migration Studies and so on. We publish books in print and electronic formats, and you can expect forthcoming books on a range of subjects.

Well-known artist Penny Siopis’s work is traced in a beautifully illustrated monograph (p.43); and the mystery of the ancient stone walls in Mpumalanga is explored and explained in Forgotten World (p.24). Adding to our well-established list of books on rock art is Termites of the Gods, which looks at rock art in the Matopo Hills in Zimbabwe (p.39).

A great addition to our growing list of books on Johannesburg and its city regions is Changing Space, Changing City: Johannesburg after Apartheid (p.2). This illustrated, multi-authored volume offers detailed empirical analyses of changes in the city’s physical space, as well as a host of chapters on the character of specific neighbourhoods and the social identities being forged within them. South Africa’s North-West Province, known for its fabulous platinum wealth, is explored in Land, Chiefs, Mining (p.25). The book looks at the Batswana in the thornveld and bushveld of the North-West Province, shedding light on this lesser known region. 

Did you know that Terror Lekota, Max du Preez, Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, Anton Goosen, Pallo Jordan and Antjie Krog all hail from the same Free State town, namely Kroonstad? Continuing our series on local histories is Kroonstad, Place of Thorns (p.27), which narrates the story of black political protest since 1976 in this town.

The historian Eric Hobsbawm once famously said, we are not wrong to think about the future, we are only wrong ‘to put a particular face and costume to the stranger whose arrival we were told to expect’. The Colour of Our Future (p.13) is a critical engagement with questions of race through a discussion of race, the architecture of public institutions and the design of public policies. As the title of the book suggests, the future will have a colour, it is just the shades we don’t know.

There are lots more on offer and Wits University Press looks forward to your engagement with our titles, and will appreciate your feedback.

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