Zoe Groves

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Zoe Groves is a Lecturer in Modern Global, Colonial and Postcolonial History at the University of Leicester and a Research Associate at WISER. Her research examines the social and cultural history of southern Africa, especially the themes of migration, urbanisation and popular culture in Malawi, Zimbabwe, and South Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries. More broadly, her interests lie in global histories of migration, citizenship, and diasporas in the colonial and postcolonial world. Her first book Malawian Migration to Zimbabwe, c.1900-1965: Tracing Machona was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2020 in the Cambridge Imperial and Postcolonial Studies series. Her current research focuses on histories of dance and performance in southern Africa, and she is collaborating with Cecile Bushidi (Barnard College, Columbia), and Funmi Adewole (DeMontfort University) to create a network of dance studies scholars, historians and anthropologists to generate new interdisciplinary perspectives on dance in African History. Zoe has previously held affiliations with the History Department at the Chancellor College, University of Malawi, and the History Department at the University of Zimbabwe. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Southern African Studies and the new journal Black Histories: Dialogues.  With Jessica Johnson, she recently edited special issue of JSAS (46:2) on Malawi : Enduring Concerns and New Directions, https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjss20/46/2