Research outputs

Published scholarly papers

Luescher, T.M. (2018) Tweeting #FeesMustFall: the case of #UCTShutdown. HSRC Review, 16(4): 9-11. Available here.

Morwe, K.G., Garcia-Espagna, E. and Luescher, T.M. (2018). Factors that contribute to student protests at a South African university. The Social Sciences, 13(4): 916-926. Available here.

Luescher, T.M., Loader, L., and Mugume, T. (2017). #FeesMustFall: An Internet-age Student Movement in South Africa and the Case of the University of the Free State. Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies, 44(2): 231-245. DOI: 10.1080/02589346.2016.1238644. Available here.

Luescher, T.M. (2017). From Student Enragement to Student Engagement: What is your theory of change? HSRC Review. 15(2): 13-15. Available here.

Luescher, Thierry (2016). Towards an intellectual engagement with the #studentmovements in South Africa. Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies, 43(1): 145-148. DOI:10.1080/02589346.2016.1155138. Available here.

Luescher, Thierry M. (2016). Frantz Fanon and the #MustFall movements in South Africa. International Higher Education, 85: 122-124. Available here.

Non-Scholarly Publications (Blog entries)

Makhubu, N. (2018). “Youth Month: Understanding Dynamics in Contemporary Student Movements”. News, 29 June 2018.

Makhubu, N. (2018). “Youth Month: Discussing Disruptor Agencies to Voice Students in Contentious Politics”, News, 21 June 2018.

Luescher, T.M. (2018). “Understanding #FeesMustFall: Starting a qualitative data analysis”., 17 May 2018.

Makhubu, N. (2018). “The State of Student and Higher Education Politics in South African Universities in 2018”. News, 10 May 2018.

Luescher, T.M. (2018). “Internet-age student movement research in the era of big data and social media”., 11 March 2018.

Luescher, T.M. (2017). “Re-Thinking Student Politics through the Lens of Student Life Cycle Models?”, 29 July 2017.

Luescher, T.M. (2017). “Teaching and Learning Principles for Decolonised Social Sciences in Africa”., 20 May 2017

Luescher, T.M. (2017). “Student Activism in SA – The #MustFall Movements”. News, 10 March 2017.

The project uses the website as well as the Twitter handle @osphera as part of its communication resources, along with the HSRC ESD project website and the SAHO website for resources and timelines and uploads.

Forthcoming 2019

Bosch, T., Luescher, T.M., and Makhubu, N. (forthcoming). “Twitter and student leadership in South Africa: The Case of #FeesMustFall”. In: David Taras & Richard Davis (Eds), Social Media and the New Politics of Political Leadership. London & New York: Routledge.

Luescher, T.M. and Webbstock, D. (forthcoming). Reflections of South African Student Leaders, 1994 to 2017. Cape Town & Maputo: African Minds.

Forthcoming 2020 and beyond

A scholarly book that critically analyses the movement: The scholarly book is planned to be written in the course of 2019 and will be launched in the course of 2020 (and 2021) as part of a “five year anniversary” of #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall and the other campus-based movements and campaigns to critically reflect on, and better understand the 2015/16 student movement.

A documentary and video-clips: The HSRC internal audio-visual team centred on Antonio Erasmus (and Manusha Pillai) will assist with producing the video-clips and a full documentary based on the book narrative. Footage is being collected from former student activists and the public (via SAHO) as well as from HSRC resources, publicly available open access footage (on the internet) and from project activities. The story board will be developed on the basis of the book manuscript.

A traveling photo exhibition: This will be curated in the course of 2019 from photos and other material submitted via the SAHO site, from publicly available (and in parts purchased iconic) photographs, as well as the Photovoice-generated pictures.

An open access public archive to be hosted at SAHO and a limited research access archive hosted by the HSRC Research and Data Service. Research materials that may not be publicly shared due to confidentiality and/or anonymity commitments made to participants will be curated and shared in anonymised form with researchers who have received research ethics clearance. All other material is shared open access via SAHO.