Stephen Sparks​

Stephen Sparks Dr Stephen Sparks
Faculty of Humanities
Department of Historical
StudiesLecturer
 
Tel: +27 (0)11 559 2006
Auckland Park Kingsway Campus C-Ring 716A
sjwsparks@uj.ac.za
 
I did my undergraduate, Honours and MA degrees in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban before doing my PhD in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I was appointed to the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Johannesburg in July 2012.
 
My specialised research interests are in apartheid South Africa, modernism, nationalism, the history of town planning, the history of science and technology, industrial development and everyday life under apartheid. I also have a special interest in historiography.
 
My doctoral dissertation was entitled 'Apartheid Modern: South Africa's Oil-from-Coal project and the Making of a Company Town' and was on the history of the state oil company SASOL under Apartheid, and of its company town in the northern Free State, Sasolburg. I will likely be publishing and conducting research on the SASOL project for the foreseeable future but I have a new interest in the cultural politics of consumption and entrepreneurship in twentieth century South Africa growing out of my doctoral research.
 
Qualifications
 
DPhil, University of Michigan, Anthro and History (2012)
MA, History, University of KwaZulu-Natal (2004)
Honours History, University of Natal (2002)
BA, University of Natal (2001)
 
Teaching
 
I helped teach courses in African history, the history of science and technology and American gender history at the University of Michigan. Since joining the University of Johannesburg I have taught undergraduate courses on South African history, American history and Global Histories of Consumption, and honours courses on South Asian and African history. During 2014 I am co-teaching a first year survey of South African history, honours seminars on the historiography of South Africa and global trends in theory and historiography. During the second semester I will be offering a third year class on Modernisation projects in the Twentieth Century.  
 
Publications
 
(2002) ‘’Playing at Public Health’: The Search for Control in South Durban, 1860-1932′ in Journal of Natal and Zulu History, Volume 20: 2002

(2005) “ …they say that they do not know this disease”: Epidemic influenza in Rural Natal. Journal of Natal and Zulu History, Volume 23.

(2006) ‘Civil Society, Pollution and the Wentworth Oil Refinery’ Historia 51:11, 201-233
 
     
 

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