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Name: Gerald Groenewald
Location: A RING 246 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Department of Historical Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Rated Researchers  Staff Members

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About Prof Gerald Groenewald

I studied at the University of Cape Town where I trained in both History and Linguistics, and obtained the degrees BA (Hons) MA PhD. I have several ongoing research interests that mostly centre on the development of a unique society at the Cape of Good Hope during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when it formed part of the empire created by the Dutch East India Company (VOC). A hallmark of my work is the nuanced location of the Cape colony within its dual contexts: the Indian Ocean world of the VOC, as well as the social and cultural worlds of Western Europe. Currently I mostly pursue research on crime, punishment and slavery; gender, family and sexuality, as well as aspects of the history of the Afrikaans language. Copies of most of my publications can be found at Recent Publications ‘Culture and society at the Cape of Good Hope, 1652-1795’, in Thomas Spear et al. (eds), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History (Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, 2020), online. ‘Slaves, Khoikhoi and the genesis of Afrikaans: The development of a historiography, c. 1890s-1990s’, South African Journal of Cultural History 33, 2 (2019), pp. 1-24. (with Jac Conradie, University of Johannesburg), ‘Die ontstaan en vestiging van Afrikaans’, in W.A.M. Carstens & N. Bosman (eds), Kontemporêre Afrikaanse Taalkunde (2nd ed., Pretoria: Van Schaik, 2017), pp. 27-60. (with Gerald Stell, University of the West Indies), ”n Persepsuele verslag van Afrikaans in Namibië: Tussen lingua franca en sosiaal-eksklusiewe taal’, Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe 56, 4-2 (2016), pp. 1128-48. ‘Honour, morality and sexuality in the eighteenth-century Cape Colony’, in Penny Russell & Nigel Worden (eds.), Honourable Intentions? Violence and Virtue in Australian and Cape Colonies, c. 1750 to 1850 (London & New York: Routledge, 2016), pp. 186-201. ‘Southern Africa and the Atlantic world’, in D’Maris Coffman, Adrian Leonard & William O’Reilly (eds), The Atlantic World, 1450-1850 (London & New York: Routledge, 2015), pp. 100-116. ‘Tavern of two oceans: Alcohol, taxes and leases in the seventeenth-century Dutch world’, New Contree (Special Edition: ‘Regional histories of the Cape in transnational perspective’) 73 (2015), pp. 1-15.