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Lance Van Sittert

Lance Van Sittert

Department of Historical Studies
University of Cape Town
Rondebosch, 7701, RSA

Ph: # (0)21 650 2958

Email: lance.vansittert@uct.ac.za


My research focuses on three main areas: opening up the new field of environmental history, historicising fisheries reform in South Africa and developing archival data for historical ecology. In environmental history I have concentrated on the rich and unworked archives of the late colonial and early modern Cape Colony/Province with special emphasis on relations of power in understanding how environments are perceived, (re)produced and policed.

The second focus of my research has been on historicising fisheries reform in South Africa as a critique of the post-1994 reform process arguing the structural limits of reform and salience of continuity rather than change post-1994

My third research area comes out of my involvement with the History of Marine Animal Populations (HMAP) and involves the collaborative identification, reconstruction and annotation of historical data series from archival and other sources.

Latest Publications:

  1. ‘The supernatural state: water divining and the Cape underground water rush 1891-1910’, Journal of Social History, 37, 2004, 915-38.
  2. ‘Review article: The nature of power: Cape environmental history, the history of ideas and neo-liberal historiography’. Journal of African History, 45(2), 2004: 305-313.
  3. ‘Discussion: The nature of power. Reply’. Journal of African History, 46(1), 2005: 135-138.
  4. ‘Bringing in the wild: the commodification of wild animals in the Cape Colony/Province c.1850-1950’, Journal of African History, 2005, 46, 269-91.
  5. ‘Seeing the Cedarberg: alpinism, alienation and the Agterberg in the white urban middle class imagination c.1890-1950’, Kronos, 31, 2005, 152-83.
  6. ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it: comparing fisheries reforms in South Africa’, Marine Policy, 26, 2002, 295-305.
  7. ‘The tyranny of the past: Why local histories matter in the South African fisheries’. Ocean and Coastal Management, 46, 2003: 199-219.
  8. (with G.M. Branch, M. Hauck and M. Sowman), ‘Benchmarking the first decade of post-apartheid fisheries reform in South Africa’. Marine Policy, 30(1), 2006: 96-110.
  9. (with C.L. Griffiths and seventeen others), ‘Impacts of human activities on marine animal life in the Benguela: A historical overview’. Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review, 42, 2004: 303-392.
  10. ‘Historical commercial west coast rock lobster Jasus lalandii landings in South African waters’. African Journal of Marine Science, 27(1), 2005: 33-44.



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