Sarah Emily Duff

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Sarah is a Senior Researcher at WiSER, and holds a PhD from Birkbeck, University of London. Her research is on histories of childhood, sexuality, and medicine in nineteenth- and twentieth-century South Africa. Funded by a prestigious, five-year Research Career Advancement Fellowship from the National Research Foundation (NRF), her current project investigates histories of sex education in twentieth-century South Africa. Before joining WiSER, Sarah held an NRF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Stellenbosch University, and lectured at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Sarah is the author of Changing Childhoods in the Cape Colony: Dutch Reformed Church Evangelicalism and Colonial Childhood, 1860-1895 (Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). She has published in the Journal of Southern African Studies, the South African Historical Journal, the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Kronos, as well as in several edited collections. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, Fire and Knives, the New Humanist, The Conversation, and Africa is a Country, and she writes about the histories and politics of food and eating at Tangerine and Cinnamon.

She has held fellowships at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (2017), as well as the Summer Programme in Social Science (2015-2017), an initiative run jointly by the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), the L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris), and the Swedish Collegium (Uppsala).

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