My name is Henry Trotter and I’m a scholar of African history, culture and memory, as well as a researcher on higher education in Africa.
I am the author of two books. The first, Sugar Girls & Seamen: A Journey into the World of Dockside Prostitution in South Africa (Ohio UP: 2011) was based on 15 months of ethnographic participant-observation at Cape Town and Durban’s dockside nightclubs.
The second, Seeking Impact and Visibility: Scholarly Communication in Southern Africa(African Minds: 2014) emerged from research conducted with the Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme (SCAP) at the universities of Botswana, Cape Town, Mauritius and Namibia.
I split my time between my PhD dissertation research (based at Yale) on South African “port culture” – the social history of modern sailors, dockworkers and prostitutes – and my work research on African academics’ teaching and communication activities, especially regarding open access and open educational practices (based at the University of Cape Town).