Sarah Godsell

“I'm a historian who believes in the future, so I would like to highlight that a better world is possible (somehow, together) and we are where we are because of history. Truths about power stay constructing an oppressive world, where race, gender, class, age, ability, sexual orientation, and other things determine where you are in power structures, and how you live. Where ever we are in those, we have a responsibility to collectively build a better world. Truths about the structure of the world and how we build a better one are the ones I would like to highlight.”


SARAH GODSELL is a historian, poet, healer, mother, and activist.. She lectures History at the Wits School of Education, where she is privileged to work with the next generations of brilliant students who will be South Africa’s teachers. She obtained her PhD in History in 2015 from the University of the Witwatersrand.  She has two volumes of poetry published: Seaweed Sky (2016) by Poetree Publications, and Liquid Bones (2018) by impepho press. She is co-chair of the Wits School of Education transformation committee, and co-champion of the WSoE decolonisation research garden. She believes in collectively building a better world, and though often pulled down, constantly chooses up.

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