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Dr Faeeza Ballim

Senior Lecturer & Head of Department
Name: Faeeza Ballim
Location: A RING 242 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Department of Historical Studies, Faculty of Humanities  Staff Members

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About Dr Faeeza Ballim


PhD., University of Witwatersrand (2017) MSc., Oxford University (2011) B.A. University of Witwatersrand (2008)

My research lies at the intersection of key themes in African history and Science and Technology Studies. My book entitled Apartheid’s Leviathan: A History of Technological Ambivalence, was published by Ohio University Press in April 2023. The book is co-published by Jacana Press in South Africa under a different title Eskom: Power, Politics and the (Post)apartheid State. The book delves into the recent history of the electricity state corporation Eskom and the former steel state corporation Iscor, and their infrastructural developments in the Waterberg in the Limpopo province. My new research is on artificial intelligence developments in Africa.



Ballim, Faeeza. 2023. Apartheid’s Leviathan: A History of Technological Ambivalence. Athens: Ohio University Press.
Ballim, Faeeza. 2021. “Land Dispossession and the Ghosts of the Medupi Power Station.” In Falling Monuments, Reluctant Ruins: The Persistence of the Past in the Architecture of Apartheid, edited by Hilton Judin, 13–28. Wits University Press.
Ballim, Faeeza. 2017. “The Un-Making of the Group Areas Act: Local Resistance and Commercial Power in the Small Town of Mokopane.” South African Historical Journal 69, no. 4: 568–82.
Ballim, Faeeza. 2015. “The Pre-History of South African ‘Neo-Liberalism’: The Rise and Fall of Co-Operative Farming on the Highveld.” Journal of Southern African Studies 41, no. 6: 1239–54.