School of Social Sciences

Goolam Vahed

Goolam Vahed




Contact Number 031-260-7494

CampusHoward College Campus

Office Address MTB211

Last Updated 3 years ago

Degrees Held

  • Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, 1995
  • M.A., Indiana University, Bloomington, 1987
  • U.H.D.E., University of Durban-Westville, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, 1983.
  • B.A. (Hons.), University of Durban-Westville, 1982.
  • B.A. University of Durban-Westville, 1981.

Research Interests

  • My Ph.D dissertation focused the making of Indian identities in South Africa, 1914-1949. Subsequent research, broadly, has focused on the colonial encounter between Indians, Africans and whites in KwaZulu Natal; the transformations of Indian identities in South Africa; Islam and Muslims (particularly KwaZulu Natal), and the role of sport and culture (particularly cricket) in South African society.

Selected Publications


Students Supervision (MA / PhD)

Selected Awards and Professional Honours

  • Top Researcher in the Humanities, UKZN. 2015
  • The book Chatsworth. The Making of a South African township received the UKZN Edited Book Prize for 2014.
  • Top 30 Researcher, UKZN: 2012, 2014, 2015.
  • National Research Foundation, Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers, 2014-2015. Title: Generations of Muslim Women in South Africa, Mauritius and Zanzibar:
  • National Research Foundation, Ratings Review Panel, History, 2011-2014. [Convenor in 2013]
  • SANPAD Grant, 2011-2013. Project Title: ‘Identity, Belonging and Place in post-apartheid South Africa: A Case Study of Chatsworth.’
  • Member, Governing Board. Documentation Centre, UKZN (Westville Campus).
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology [2010-].
  • Visiting Fellow, Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. October / November 2006.
  • Editorial Board, Historia (2003-)
  • Sephis. International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam. Research Grant. Project Title: Indians in South Africa, 2001/2002.
  • Ernest Oppenheimer Fellow, Centre of African Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, 2000.
  • Social Science Research Council (USA) Dissertation Fellowship for PhD research 1988 / 1989.
  • Fulbright Scholarship to study History at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, 1985-1987.