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Emma Monama

Research Associate

Emma Monama

Emma Monama is a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Hamburg, where she also teaches on various topics including African urbanisms, postcolonial geographies of land and decolonial geographies. She holds a Master’s Degree in Geography from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her current research focuses on the production of former Bantustan geographies through an examination of how land is understood and practiced by rural ‘communities’ and traditional authorities and how these intersect with the broader question of land and land reform in post-apartheid South Africa.


Monama, E. (2020): Governing mining towns: The case of Lephalale, Transformation, 103, 103-126.

Monama, E. and Cooper-Knock, SJ. (2020): Understanding difference in Orange Farm, in E. Oliveira, S.J. Cooper-Knock and J. Veary (Eds) SeaM: Security at the Margins Project, SeaM and African Centre for Migration & Society, Johannesburg, 74-77.

Monama, E. (2019): Remembering to forget: 100 years of Hamburg University, Feministiches Geo-RundMail: Informationen rund um feministiche Geographie Nr. 80, December 2019.

Schmidt, K., Humuza, C., Keding, M., Monama, E., Schmidt, L., Schmitt, T. and Singer, K. (2019): Teaching (de) colonial geographies- trial and error N°1, Feministiches Geo-RundMail: Informationen rund um feministiche Geographie Nr. 80, December 2019.

Monama, E. and Schmidt, K. (2019): Embodied Accountability: reckoning with decolonial praxis, Workshop Report on “Encountering Difference: A feminist Geographies Seminar Series” #1, 13-15 December 2018, Hamburg, Feministiches geo-Rundmail: Informationen rund um feministiche Geographie Nr. 79, Juni 2019.

Monama, E. and Landau, L.B. (2016): Tragedy or Farce? Xenophobic Violence against foreign nationals and other “outsiders” in post-apartheid South Africa, African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) Issue Brief.

Veary, J., Misago, J.P., Araia, T. and Monama, E. (2014): Migration, mobility and urban vulnerability: Implications for urban governance in South Africa, Report for the South African Cities Network.