Thierry M. Luescher is a research director in the Human Sciences Research Council, and an affiliated associate professor at the University of the Free State, South Africa. He has a Ph.D. in Political Studies (University of Cape Town). Thierry is an NRF-rated researcher with expertise in higher education policy, the student experience, student politics, and student affairs in Africa.
Angelina Wilson Fadiji is a senior lecturer in the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She has a PhD in Psychology (Stellenbosch University). Angelina has expertise in positive psychology, the well-being of young people, and positive education in Africa.
Keamogetse G. Morwe is a lecturer at the University of Venda. She has a Ph.D. in Legal and Social Sciences (University of Màlaga) and in Higher Education (University of the Free State). Keamo has expertise in the study of student movements, violent student protests, youth development and counseling.
Antonio Erasmus is a brand manager at the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa. He did a Diploma in Graphic Design (Cape Peninsula University of Technology), and a Management Development Programme (University of Stellenbosch). His extensive experience in design, photography, and videography supports research methodologies such as digital storytelling, photovoice, and poetic inquiry.
Tshireletso Letsoalo is a lecturer at Varsity College, South Africa. She has a master’s degree in Research Psychology (University of Pretoria). Tshireletso’s research interests are in student wellbeing and student academic success.
Seipati Bianca Mokhema works as an associate researcher at the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She attained an M.Soc.Sci. in Sociology (NorthWest University) and is an alumnus of Justus-Liebig Universität, Germany. Seipati's research interests lie in youth, education, and leadership for Africans.
“An exceptional book by socially committed scholars that is original, conceptually innovative, and creatively narrated and presented.”
Prof. Saleem Badat, Humanities Institute, The University of KwaZulu-Natal and former vice-chancellor, Rhodes University
“Ethnographically, [this book] is extraordinary. We don’t know enough about the lives of our students. We don’t have enough ethnographies about any of them. [This book] strikes one in the face. It provides a view of the student movement in South Africa which is fresh, grounded and forthright.”
Prof. Crain Soudien, Honorary Professor in the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy, Nelson Mandela University, and former Chief Executive Officer of the Human Sciences Research Council.
“In this book, students tell their stories in grippingly and incontestably authentic narratives and show us images, taken by themselves; their cellphone cameras providing often alarming and shocking visual images of campuses as akin to war zones. I know not of another scholarly work making such effective use of personal thoughts and writing and these same people’s mobile phone images. […] This work, is of such an exceptionally high standard that it can reasonably be expected to garner major book awards, nationally and internationally.”
Anonymous peer reviewer of an earlier version of the manuscript of #FeesMustFall and its Aftermath