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Lucien van der Walt

Professor at Rhodes University, South Africa


Excellence in research and teaching
Professionalism at work
Social justice for all
Building working class movements

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l.vanderwalt@ru.ac.za


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Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, 6139


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Current Position(s)

Professor | Rhodes University
2012 - present

Academia, Education and Training

Lecturing, supervising and researching in the history and sociology of labour and left movements, and capitalist restructuring in the neo-liberal era. Specialist in anarchism / syndicalism, unions, state enterprises.


Previous Position(s)

Visiting Professor | University of Kassel
Kassel, Germany | 2011 - 2011

Academia, Education and Training

Visiting lecturer in Global Labour University programme.


Associate Professor (previously Senior Lecturer) | University of the Witwatersrand
2000 - 2012

Academia, Education and Training

Working on anarchism/ syndicalism, unions, class struggle, national liberation politics, state enterprise restructuring and neo-liberalism more generally.


Media Officer + Research Subcommittee | Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF), Gauteng
2000 - 2003

Academia, Education and Training

Was one of two media officers, dealing with press statements, leaflets, posters; also editing the "Anti-Privatisation Monitor." This was a volunteer position.

Was also coordinator, then member of the Research Subcommittee, which tracked struggles around neo-liberal restructuring in Gauteng. This was a volunteer position.


Executive member, educator | Workers' Library and Museum, Johannesburg
1998 - 2002

Academia, Education and Training

Fundraising and reporting, organising education workshops with unions and movements, co-managing Workers' Bookshop, talks, administration. Also vice-chair, coordinator of Education Subcommittee. This was a volunteer position.

Educational history

Secondary

Westridge High, Roodepoort, South Africa (1990)
Town View High, Krugersdorp, South Africa (1986)

Tertiary

University of the Witwatersrand

1997 - 2007

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Industrial and Economic Sociology

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Johannesburg, South Africa | February 1997 - October 1999

MA in Industrial Sociology - This was converted into a PhD, and is not therefore awarded as a degree

University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | February 1996 - December 1996

BA (Honours) - Industrial Sociology

University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | February 1995 - December 1995

BA (occasional student) - Economic History

University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | February 1991 - November 1994

BA - History, Political Studies and Sociology

Achievements

Awards

CODESRIA African thesis award | 2007

Best African PhD, awarded by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA).

'Labor History' international thesis prize | 2007

Best PhD globally in area of labour history.

Shortlist and nomination

Wits Vice-Chancellors distinguished Teaching Award | 2010

CLR James Book Award | 2010

Nominated for "Black Flame: the revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism" (2009, AK Press, with Michael Schmidt)

Academic Achievements

Journal special: (w. Philip Bonner, Jon Hyslop, "Transnational and Comparative Perspectives on Soutern African Labour History" | 2007

"Transnational and Comparative Perspectives on Southern African Labour History," special issue of "African Studies," volume 66, numbers 2-3.

Journal special: (w. Peter Alexander, Philip Bonner, Jon Hyslop), "Labour Crossings in Eastern and Southern Africa" | 2009

Special section of "African Studies," volume 68, number 1.

Encyclopaedia: Southern Africa editor, "International Encyclopaedia of Revolution and Protest," Blackwell, New York. | 2009

Journal special: (w. Devan Pillay), "The Politics of Organized Labour in Asia, Africa and Latin America in the 21st Century" | 2012

Special issue of "Labour, Capital and Society," volume 44, number 2, with the Global Labour University.

Book: (w. Michael Schmidt), "Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism" (Counter-Power vol. 1) | 2009

Book: (w. Steven J. Hirsch, and Benedict Anderson) "Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1870-1940" | 2010

General publications | 2013

Besides 2 books and 3 edited journal specials, Lucien van der Walt has published numerous academic journal articles and book chapters, presented papers at more than 80 events, serves on 4 editorial boards, has co-edited 1 encyclopaedia, and published over 90 'popular' articles in papers such as the 'South African Labour Bulletin,' the 'Sowetan,' and 'Zabalaza: a journal of southern African revolutionary anarchism.'

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