Gary Baines

Associate Professor in the History Department, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. Holds an MA from Rhodes University and a PhD from the University of Cape Town.

Previously lived in Port Elizabeth and has published extensively on the history of that city. These publications include articles in African Studies, the Journal of Urban History, the Journal of African History, the Journal of Southern African Studies, the South African Historical Journal and Kronos: the Journal of Cape History. Also published a monograph titled A History of New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, 1903-1953: The Detroit of the Union (Edwin Mellen Press, 2002).

Subsequently published in the field  of South African culture, especially in the areas of film, music and literature.  Also published in the fields of public history, memory studies and the apocalyptic imagination. Contributed chapters to books published by, amongst others, Ashgate, Berghahn, Blackwell, Equinox, the Nordic Africa Institute, Peter Lang, Rodopi and Witwatersrand University Press.

Project on the afterlife of South Africa's Border War has resulted in a number of articles and a collected volume co-edited with Peter Vale, titled Beyond the Border War: New Perspectives on Southern Africa's Late-Cold War Conflicts (Unisa Press, 2008). Currently completing a manuscript provisionally called Redrawing the Battle Lines: Contesting the Meaning and Memory of South Africa’s Border War.

Co-ordinator of a SANPAD project titled 'Narrating psychosocial stress and resilience in apartheid-era veterans'.

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Rhodes University
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