Internship Project
Cultural and Social Sciences

Gendering Military Communities: Black Civilian Women and Apartheid South Africa’s Military

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 
Institute for Asian and African Studies
Subject Area
African History, Military History, Gender Studies, Refugee Studies
Position filled
Project Supervisor(s)
Dr. Lennart Bolliger
Academic Level
Advanced undergraduate students (at least 2nd year);
Graduate students
English, French (for research assistance), Portuguese (for research assistance)
Further Information
Project Type
Academic research
Project Content
This research project focuses on the history of one military community that formed around the so-called 32 “Buffalo” Battalion of the apartheid-era South African Defence Force (SADF). Significantly, this community included not only white South African officers and black Angolan soldiers but also roughly 3,000 civilians, mostly Angolan women and children. Building on feminist research and drawing on written and oral sources, the research project contributes to current debates on refugee history, civil-military relations, the making of the colonial state, and the politics of gender in anti-colonial struggles.
Tasks for Interns
  • Research assistance;
  • Literature review;
  • Archival and online research;
  • Interview transcription and translation.
Academic Level
Advanced undergraduate students (at least 2nd year);
Graduate students
  • You are interested in the research project;
  • You know how to use MS Word;
  • You preferably have some prior research experience;
  • You have good English writing skills.
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