Nicole Elsie Nonhlanhla Sithole

  • Role in Center:

    Junior Researcher

  • Discipline:


  • University:

    University of Pretoria

  • Country:

    South Africa

Biography: Nicole Elsie Nonhlanhla Sithole is a Zimbabwean who attained a Master’s in Social Science History from the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She has worked as a tutor and teaching assistant in this department and as a contract lecturer in the Unit of Academic Literacy and Research Assistant in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pretoria. Her research interests include gender and transport histories, and she is fascinated by the interplay between the current lived realities of subaltern societies and their representation, misrepresentation, and exclusion from colonial archives. Nicole believes that postcolonial cities’ current structures and functioning are rooted in historical processes and that critically engaging with these processes is an important part of making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.

Research Topic: Tracking between the ‘city of kings’ and the ‘city of gold’. The train, migration and African Women in Bulawayo and Johannesburg c.1965 and 1994.

Selected Publications:

  • Sithole, N. E. N. (forthcoming): The search for a better life. African women in the railway compounds of Bulawayo, circa 1920-1950.

  • Sithole, N. E. N. (2019): June 2019: Multiple Modernities, Colonial Bulawayo and ‘Modern’ African Women, c. 1920 1950s. Southern African Historical Society (SAHS) conference.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Gender Histories
  • The Implications of Technological Advancement on Gendered Relations
  • The History of Railways

Prizes & Awards:

  • Recipient of an Andrew Mellon funded master’s scholarship under the project ‘Challenging World (In)equalities in 2018 and 2019.
  • Brian O’Connell Scholarship, disbursed by the Southern African-Nordic Centre in 2018. This allowed me to travel to Finland for three months on an academic exchange from January-March 2019.
  • Prize for the best performance in History at honours level in 2016 in the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies.

Memberships & Networks:

  • Member of the Golden Key Honour Society.