Dr Athambile Masola is a lecturer at the Historical Studies Department at the University of Cape Town. She received her PhD from Rhodes University. Her dissertation was an exploration of black women’s life writing with a particular focus on Noni Jabavu and Sisonke Msimang’s memoirs. Her primary research focuses on black women’s life writing and historiography. Her research is also informed by the early 20th century newspaper archive in South Africa (particularly written in isiXhosa). She is primarily concerned with the nature of erasure and the ways in which multiple forms of reading a variety of texts can inform archival research. She recently published her first poetry collection in isiXhosa, Ilifa, with Uhlanga Press.