2020-21 Senior AfOx Visiting Fellow Professor Kalpana Hiralal

Six researchers from Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia and Liberia have been awarded the 2020-21 Senior AfOx Visiting Fellowships. The Senior Visiting Fellowships programme allows outstanding African researchers to spend up to a year at the University of Oxford. Professor Kalpana Hiralal is among the researchers awarded the 2020-21 Senior AfOx Visiting Fellowship.

Professor Kalpana Hiralal

Kalpana Hiralal is a professor of history in the School of Social Sciences at Howard College at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa. Professor Hiralal is currently a Senior Visiting Fellow at the African Studies Centre, the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID), and Wolfson College, the University of Oxford, as part of the Africa Oxford Initiative Senior Visiting Fellowship Programme.

Prof. Hiralal teaches both undergraduate and graduate-level modules on global history, women, gender, and politics. She has been the recipient of several research grants and scholarship awards, including the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) Guest Researcher (2007); School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), UK (2015), and the Erasmus Mundus Inspire Scholarship, University of Valladolid, Spain (2017).

Prof Hiralal is a South African NRF rated researcher. Her two key areas of interest are Gender and the South Asian Diaspora and Women in the Anti-apartheid Struggle. Her most recent publications are: co-author of Pioneers of Satyagraha Indian South African Defy Racist Laws1907-1914 (Navajivan 2017) and co-author of Gender and Mobility: Borders, Bodies and Boundaries, Palgrave 2018.

While at the University of Oxford, Professor Kalpana Hiralal will conduct research on the struggle for gender equality in South Africa’s Road to Democracy. Prof Hiralal also will launch her upcoming book Sisters in the Struggle (UNISA Press) in collaboration with the India Oxford Initiative (IndoOx) and ODID at the University of Oxford.