DHHS Celebrates its Graduates

Posted on May 05, 2022

On 4 May 2022 in the Autumn Graduation the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies saw many of its postgraduate students pass the finish line. 
The department is particularly proud of its three Doctoral students, who were awarded the degree:
  • Bruce Beresford Berry, for his thesis titled, “Flagging Rhodesia’s Identity through the Symbols of Settlers (1890-1980)”
  • Sias Vincent Conradie, for his thesis titled, “A social history of the Chinese in Lesotho to 2020”
  • Victoria-Ann Verkerk, for her thesis titled, “Virtual tourism: the new frontier or the end of the journey?”

All the above students were supervised by Prof Karen Harris, Head of Department, who was already recognised for her supervision excellence with a Faculty Best Supervisor Award received in 2019. In addition, Prof Harris supervised three of the Master’s students that are listed below, making a total of six students she supervised passing the finish line in the Autumn Graduation. 

The department had five Master’s students graduate in Heritage and Cultural Tourism:
  • Steven Motena Matsobane, with a dissertation titled “Dark Tourism as a Management Tool for Dark and Dissonant Heritage: Political Change and Public Perception in South Africa and Russia” and supervised by Dr Ian Macqueen
  • Winnie Senoamadi, with a dissertation titled “Safety and security concerns in South African tourism” and supervised by Prof Karen Harris
  • Danolien Van den Berg, with a dissertation titled “Searching for sustainability: Tourism 4.0 on the Sunny Side of the Alps” that was awarded with distinction and supervised by Prof Karen Harris
The following students also graduated with a Master’s in Heritage and Cultural Tourism degree by coursework:
  • Tanaka Matongera 
  • Ramatsimele Norma Mengwai 
In addition, the department saw three History Master’s students graduate:
  • Giné Gebhardt, with a dissertation titled “The Elephant in the Room: Tracking the Legal History of Ivory in South Africa from 1975”, awarded with distinction and supervised by Prof Karen Harris
  • Jaunico Van der Walt, with a dissertation titled “Orientalism, Alterity and Social Identity: The socio-psychological and socio-cultural dimensions of Afrikaner Nationalism, Antisemitism and Jewish identity in South Africa before and during apartheid” and supervised by Prof Alois Mlambo
  • Claudia Van Rooyen, with a dissertation titled “Populism in South Africa between the 1960s and 1990s: A Historical Review” and supervised by Dr Glen Ncube
The Department of Historical and Heritage Studies would also like to celebrate its Honours students who graduated. In Heritage and Cultural Tourism these were:
  • Anamika Anamallay 
  • Michelle Bester, with distinction
  • Sarah Gombele 
  • Caitlin Lindsell, with distinction
  • Annah Masaela Matshidiso 
  • Kitso Matabologe, with distinction
  • Qiniso Phungula 
  • Hannelize Schnepel 
  • Nina Sieber, with distinction 
In History, the Honours students who graduated were:
  • Justine Binedell, with distinction
  • Rudolph Boraine, with distinction
  • Unathi  Funde, with distinction
  • Palesa Klaas 
  • Ross Le Maitre
  • Lisa McDermid, with distinction
  • Casey McKay
  • James McKee 
  • Coligny Nel, with distinction
  • Tinashe Nhede
  • Noah Mondawa Nkhoma, with distinction
  • Robyn Schnell, with distinction
  • Khanyisile Vuma 
The Department of Historical and Heritage Studies is exceptionally proud of its postgraduate students and wishes them well on the path forward!

Prof Karen Harris with her three Doctoral and three Master's students, left to right:
Sias Conradie, Victoria-Ann Verkerk, Bruce Berry, Danolien Van de Berg, Giné Gebhardt and Winnie Senoamadi

Published by Ian Macqueen

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