African Nurses and Everyday Work in Twentieth-Century Zimbabwe

Friday, January 14, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Global Friday Presents
Dr. Clement Maskakure
Assistant Professor and Academic Head
Department of History
University of the Free State, South Africa

ABSTRACT:  Based on the book of the same title, my presentation will examine the daily experiences of women and men who worked as nurses in Zimbabwe’s hospitals for close to a century.  I will demonstrate how Africans transformed colonial spaces into their own and through their work, contributed to the development of the nation by being at the bedside, healing the sick and nursing the infirm.

SPEAKER'S BIO:  Masakure received his BA. General majoring in Economic History and History, BA Special Honours in Economic History and MA in African Economic History from the University of Zimbabwe, and  a Ph.D. in History with a major in African History, a minor in Development Studies, and a subfield in African American History from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Masakure is one of the the co-editors for Historia, the Journal of the Historical Association of South Africa. His research interests are on the histories of hospitals and their workers, histories of diseases, health and healing, and humanitarian work in southern Africa. His first monograph: African nurses and everyday work in twentieth-century Zimbabwe, was published in 2020 by the Manchester University Press. He has also published on themes related to his research area and other themes on southern African history in African Studies Quarterly, Afriche e Oriente, Historia, South African Historical Journal and New Contree, amongst others.

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