• Inherited Obsessions

    2023 Humanities and Social Sciences Award winner


    Laura de Harde, editor of the book Inherited Obsessions, won the award for Best Creative Collections: Exhibition Catalogue at the 2023 Humanities and Social Sciences Book, Creative Collection, and Digital Contribution Awards. Read more about her win here:

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  • South Africa's Easy Election Guide: Who To Vote For in 2024

    Don't know who to vote for in South Africa's 2024 elections?


    "Bauer published a handy election guide – South Africa's Easy Election Guide: Who To Vote For in 2024? – which aims to provide an easily accessible reference for South Africa’s eligible voters to refer to as they look for the political party that best represents their aspirations." – Thabi Shomolekae

    Check out the full story here:


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  • HumanEATies 100 Recipes

    HumanEATies 100 Recipes


    HumanEATies 100 Recipes wins Gourmand Award!

    HumanEATies topped the list in the B22 category, which recognises free books published by university presses. “The ESI Press team was on a team Zoom call when we found out that the book had won,” said Dr Heather Thuynsma. “We could hardly believe it. Needless to say, everyone did a little happy dance at their desks!”

    Check out the full story on the award here:

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New Releases

Cover image of Reimagining Writing Centre Practices

Reimagining Writing Centres Practices: A South African Perspective

Avasha Rambiritch (ed), Laura Drennan (ed)
20 December 2023

ESI Books 

The Emerging Scholars Initiative Press (ESI Press), founded in October 2020, was built to create a holistic learning environment for younger academics at the University of Pretoria. Anchored within the Faculty of Humanities, the ESI Press produces open-access resources while affording graduate students the opportunity to gain real-world experience to balance their academic training. 

ESI Press publishes a range of formats from journal articles to monographs to book-length manuscripts from a variety of academic disciplines. The publications can be accessed free of charge and users can read several different titles, receive announcements and access relevant information about each publication.