Saneze Tshayana

Researcher

Saneze Tshayana is a literary scholar who has attended the University of Pretoria for both her undergraduate and Honours degrees. She is interested in questions of access to public spaces, and how one ‘legitimises’ their claim to these spaces. Her Honours thesis analysed the novels of black authors who write about the city of Pretoria, seeking to understand how they negotiate their relationship with this formerly hostile city in postapartheid South Africa. Saneze has been awarded an NIHSS ‘Underground Politics in Africa’ Bursary, through the History Workshop at the University of the Witwatersrand, where she will be commencing with her Masters degree in July. Her research will focus on narratives of counter-insurgency, and how accusations of having been an ‘askari’ are used in postapartheid South Africa.