Patricia Hayes

History, Bellville (Cape Town)
Fellowship: 01.02.–31.07.2011; 01.04.–30.06.2013


Patricia Hayes works on history, gender and visuality in Bellville, Cape Town. She teaches in the History Department of the University of the Western Cape. Originally from Zimbabwe, she completed her PhD on the colonisation of northern Namibia and southern Angola at Cambridge University in 1992. She has worked briefly in the USA (1992-3) and held fellowships in the UK, USA and Brazil. She has collaborated in several research projects to highlight South Africa’s role as a colonial power in Namibia, focussing on the inter-war years, the colonial photographic archive, and most recently war photography from the Namibian liberation struggle – often called »the last white war in Africa.« She has been a Guest Editor of the journal »Gender & History,« and is now engaged in a major research study of documentary photographers in South Africa during late apartheid.


Publications (Selection)

  • John Liebenberg & Patricia Hayes, Bush of Ghosts. Life and War in Namibia (Cape Town: Umuzi Random House, 2010).
  • »›Sankuru,Katako Kombe‹ & ›Crânes d’Eléphants envoyés au Musée,‹« in Carl De Keyzer & Johan Lagae, Congo belge en images (Lannoo: Tielt, 2010), ISBN 978-90-209-8708-9.
  • »Santu Mofokeng, Photographs. ›The violence is in the knowing‹« in History & Theory, Special Issue on History & Photography, Fall 2009.
  • »A Land of Goshen: Landscape & Kingdom in 19th century Eastern Owambo, Northern Namibia« in Michael Bollig & Olaf Bubenzer (eds), African Landscapes. Interdisciplinary Approaches (New York: Springer).
  • »When you shake a tree: precolonial & postcolonial in northern Namibian history« in Derek Peterson and Giacomo Macola (eds), Recasting the Past (Athens: Ohio University Press).
  • »Night, shadow, smoke, mist, blurring, occlusion and abeyance: Santu Mofokeng« in Art South Africa Volume 08 Issue 02, 2009.
  • »Power, Secrecy, Proximity: a history of South African photography« in Kronos, Vol 33.
  • »Visual emergency? Fusion and fragmentation in South African photography of the 1980s« in Camera Austria, Vol 100/2007, 18-22.
  • Patricia Hayes (ed), Visual Genders, Visual Histories (Oxford: Blackwell).
  • Wendy Woodward, Gary Minkley and Patricia Hayes (eds), Deep Histories: Gender & Colonialism in Southern Africa (Amsterdam: Rodopi).
  • Wolfram Hartmann, Jeremy Silvester & Patricia Hayes (eds.). The Colonising Camera: Photographs in the Making of Namibian History (Cape Town, Windhoek & Athens: UCT Press, Out of Africa & Ohio University Press).
  • Patricia Hayes, Jeremy Silvester, Marion Wallace & Wolfram Hartmann (eds.). Namibia under South African rule: mobility and containment, 1915-1946 (London, Windhoek & Athens OH: James Currey, Out of Africa & Ohio University Press).