Next Generation Scholar
Dr Thozama April held a Next Generation Scholar position at the CHR from 2016 to 2019, where she was preparing a book manuscript based on and going beyond her doctoral dissertation “Theorising Women: The life of Charlotte Maxeke.” Dr April received the Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Award by the Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute (CMMI) in partnership with the University of South Africa for her “groundbreaking research” in documenting the life history of Charlotte Maxeke. Dr April’s powerful, ongoing exploration of Maxeke’s narrative extricates “women’s political pasts from the dominant trends of the meta-narratives of women in liberation struggles on the continent” (April, 2012). It significantly brings to light Maxeke’s international creative and intellectual pursuits and her important influence within the Pan-Africanist thought and theory of the Black Atlantic, as well as leading international thinkers and activists such as W.E.B. Du Bois. In 2020, Dr April took up a permanent post at the University of Fort Hare.