Ruth First Project

Project Summary

This project is hosted by: Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Research interests:
Civil Rights, Contemporary History, Cultural memory, Digitisation, Gender studies, Human rights, International Relations, Political Institutions
Africa, Asia, United Kingdom
Project period:
01-Jan-2012 - 31-Dec-2012
Project summary:
Ruth First, journalist, author, anti-apartheid campaigner, lecturer, communist, feminist, not to mention wife and mother, occupies a prominent place in the history of the fight against aparthied. Her life was devoted to the struggle, whether it was through her editorship of newspapers which the government sought to ban, her work for political organisations, her imprisonment and subsequent exile, her commitment to revealing the true nature of the country of her birth to the rest of the world, or finally through her murder. The Institute of Commonwealth Studies will be digitising key papers from the Ruth First Papers held in Senate House. By the end of 2012 we will have a bespoke website dedicated to the life and work of this extraordinary revolutionary.

Management Details

Lead researcher & project contact:

Name Position Institute Organisation Contact
Dr Leo Zeilig Institute of Commonwealth Studies