Dr Emily Bridger

Lecturer in Global and Imperial History


Extension: 4251

Telephone: 01392 724251

I am a social and cultural historian of modern South Africa, with particular research interests in histories of gender, youth, political violence, and memory during the apartheid and post-apartheid periods. My recently completed doctoral research explored the involvement of female children and youth in South Africa’s liberation struggle. Through oral history interviews and archival research, it challenged male-dominated accounts of the liberation struggle, and provided new analysis of why female students and youth joined the liberation struggle, the roles they played, and how they narrate and make sense of their former activism.

I am currently preparing a monograph based on my doctoral research, while beginning a new project on the policing of love, sexuality, and intimacy within South Africa’s liberation struggle. My work predominantly uses oral history interviews to access voices excluded from South Africa’s archives, and to understand the relationship between the past and the present, and the personal and collective. My previous research has appeared in Gender & History and the Journal of World History