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Martin Hall

Vice Chancellor of the University of Salford
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Martin Hall is Vice Chancellor of the University of Salford, Manchester. He is also Professor Emeritus, University of Cape Town, where he is affiliated with the Graduate School of Business. Previously Professor of Historical Archaeology, he was inaugural Dean of Higher Education Development and then Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UCT (from 1999 to 2008). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, a Life Fellow of the University of Cape Town and past-President of the World Archaeological Congress. He is an accredited mediator with the Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement. He is a member of the Boards of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and of JISC, the UK’s information technology service for higher and further education, and the Chair of the Open Access Implementation Group. In 2013 he was accredited as a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

He has written extensively on pre-colonial history in Southern Africa, on the historical archaeology of colonialism, on contemporary public culture and on issues in higher education. More recent publications include “Identity, memory and countermemory: the archaeology of an urban landscape” (Journal of Material Culture 11(1-2): 189-209, 2006); Historical Archaeology (edited with Stephen Silliman; Oxford, Blackwell, 2006); Desire Lines: Space, Memory and Identity in the Post-Apartheid City (edited with Noeleen Murray and Nick Shepherd; London, Routledge, 2007); “Transformation and continuity in the university in Africa” (Social Dynamics 33 (1):181-198, 2007); “Stitch Wise: Strategic Knowledge Management for Pro-Poor Enterprise on South Africa’s Goldfields” (in The Business of Sustainable Development in Africa: Human Rights, Partnerships, and Alternative Business Models, 2008); The Next Twenty Five Years? Affirmative Action and Higher Education in the United States and South Africa, edited with Marvin Krislov and David L. Featherman, University of Michigan Press, 2009; “New subjectivities: capitalism, colonial subject and archaeologist”, in Sarah Croucher and Lindsay Weiss (eds), The Archaeology of Capitalism in Colonial Contexts, New York, Springer, 2011; and “Sexuality and materiality: the challenge of method”. In Barbara Voss and Eleanor Casella (eds), The Archaeology of Colonialism: Intimate Encounters and Sexual Effects. Cambridge, University of Cambridge Press, 2012. A full list of publications, as well as current work, is available at