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Director: Centre for Education Rights and Transformation (CERT)
Name: June Bam-Hutchison
Location: The Research Village, House 9, Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus Bunting Road Campus
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Tel: 011 559 1916


About Prof June Bam-Hutchison

Prof June Bam is a professionally qualified teacher and holds a PhD in Sociology and History Education. With many years experience in higher education transformation in South Africa and globally, she has led on decolonial international research projects that involved a large number of universities worldwide with a focus on feminist indigenous knowledge production and Freirean methodological approaches to understanding ‘archive’. June has held senior departmental head positions for the Department of African Studies, and in setting up the new African Studies and Linguistics Department at the University of Cape Town. She was appointed Associate Professor in African Feminist Studies at UCT in 2022. June is also the founding director of the first San and Khoi Research Centre at UCT where she introduced certificated indigenous language courses for close to 200 unemployed youth and community members. Her other positions in higher education included as Honorary Secretary for the African Studies Association (UK), and as Research Associate at the Public Understanding of the Past, University of York (UK), and Visiting Fellow in Museums and Human Rights at Kingston University (UK). She has taught at a number of universities, including as visiting professor and director from 2014-2020 for the ‘Sites of Memory’ course for Stanford University’s Overseas Programme. June is a qualified school teacher, and has trained many teachers at UCT and at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). She has taught hundreds of high school children on the Cape Flats, taught adult night school in the 1980s, and graduated hundreds of university students. She served as history education advisor in the Education Ministry between 2000 and 2004, and as director of the South African History Project which involved curriculum development in the social sciences. She has published widely for teachers, learners, teacher trainers, scholars and also the general public. She has worked with diverse marginalised communities in knowledge partnership processes including at universities and museums in South Africa and within the African Diaspora.

Peer Reviewed Book Publications:


Recent peer reviewed journal article:

Bam-Hutchison, J., Abrahams, S. and Adams, E., 2022. Restoring African Feminist Indigenous Knowledge in the Southern African Human Languages Technologies project: An action research case study of the San tsî Khoen Digital Archive 2020-2022. Journal of the Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa4(02).



SA’s ICT infrastructure holding us back from 4IR advancement in education (

‘Transformation of Education in Africa’


Scholarly Peer Reviewed Book Awards


Research Projects Completed as PI