Koni Benson

Koni Benson is a lecturer at the University of the Western Cape. Her research is on collective interventions in histories of contested development and the mobilization, demobilization, and remobilization of struggle history in southern Africa’s past and present. She is committed to creative approaches to history that link art, activism, and African history, and draws on critical approaches to people’s history projects, popular education, and feminist collaborative research praxis in her work with various archives, and student, activist, and cultural collectives in southern Africa. In 2019 she was the recipient of the HELTASA/CHE National Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award.

Koni Benson is the author of Crossroads: I Live Where I Like, a graphic novel history on women’s organized resistance to forced removals in South Africa, (illustrated by the Trantraal Brothers and Ashley Marais, PM Press 2021/Jacana Media 2022).