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“History isn’t just about the past anymore!” Join Garrett E Eriksen in Citizen Historian as we journey through the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of our past, present and future! Robotics, dinosaurs, comics, ancient battles, cosmic forces, political intrigue – everything is up for discussion and no subject is safe! Time to get Historical! Garrett E Eriksen is a historian, traveller, conservationist, writer, … Continue reading Welcome!

The SS in The Bulge

Garrett E Eriksen takes a look at the uniforms and insignia worn by the Waffen-SS at the Ardennes Offensive. The rest of this article can be found in the January 2018 issue of The Armourer. [This article is primarily on the uniforms and insignia of the Waffen-SS at the Ardennes Offensive, however some historical context will benefit further understanding of this important battle and the equipment … Continue reading The SS in The Bulge

Podcast Episode 4 – African Monsters (Halloween Special) [Show Notes]

African Monsters is an anthology that “explores old African myths and monsters in short stories and art.” In this special Halloween episode, we interview contributing authors Nerine Dorman and Toby Benet on their chosen African monsters and discuss the mythology surrounding these creatures, identity and death, the nature of writing in general, and how authors explore these various topics. Listen to “Episode 4 – African Monsters (Halloween … Continue reading Podcast Episode 4 – African Monsters (Halloween Special) [Show Notes]

Podcast Episode 3 – The Recce [Show Notes]

The Recce is a newly released film that explores various emotional and historical themes against the backdrop of the South African Border War as well as the elite reconnaissance unit that served during this conflict known as The Recces. In this episode, we interview director Ferdinand van Zyl about his film and also explore his responses to criticism from the Border War veteran community. An … Continue reading Podcast Episode 3 – The Recce [Show Notes]

Podcast Episode 2 – Do Robotic Elephants Never Forget? [Show Notes]

On this episode of Citizen Historian, you heard an interview with Dr Benjamin Rosman of the CSIR at The University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. We discussed AI, robotics, machine learning and all that other neat stuff, and also how this applies to Africa as part of the developing world – and of course the big robotic elephant in the room: the dangers of … Continue reading Podcast Episode 2 – Do Robotic Elephants Never Forget? [Show Notes]

Public Talk – 4 August 2018

I will be speaking at the Congolese Civil Society symposium on 4 August 2018 at the Iziko South African Museum. My talk will be on the mining of nuclear resources and their humanitarian consequences. If you have any interest in World War II, African history or it’s present, please do come join us. There will be a host of other speakers and it promises to … Continue reading Public Talk – 4 August 2018

From Conquerors to Custodians: In Defence of Zoos, Ambassador Animals, and Captive Breeding (Part II)

PART II – The History of Zoos & Animal Welfare Organisations This is Part II of the Conquerors to Custodians series where we will explore a brief history of zoos, and detail the various facilities and organisations that manage and monitor them. Read Part I here. We’ll start this article with a brief history of zoos and animal parks in general and then as applies … Continue reading From Conquerors to Custodians: In Defence of Zoos, Ambassador Animals, and Captive Breeding (Part II)

Our Podcast has Launched!

AND WE ARE LIVE! Citizen Historian has officially launched a podcast! Find us now on iTunes by searching “Citizen Historian” or through your favourite podcast app! https://itunes.apple.com/…/p…/citizen-historian/id1406860035 Our first episode is about African Superheroes where we interview the creators of South Africa’s first true superhero: Kwezi! Thank you to Loyiso Mkize and Clyde Beech for the amazing interview! If you liked what you heard, please leave us a positive review and … Continue reading Our Podcast has Launched!

RAF Memorials: what we many owe to The Few

Memorials, monuments and flights dedicated to the Royal Air Force and those who flew to defend our liberty. The rest of this article can be found in the special RAF 100 Year Anniversary Edition 2018 issue of The Armourer. They found his body washed up on the stark and stony shore of Trondheim, Norway. He was dressed in the uniform of Her Majesty’s Royal Air Force, Scottish … Continue reading RAF Memorials: what we many owe to The Few

From Conquerors to Custodians: In Defence of Zoos, Ambassador Animals, and Captive Breeding (Part I)

PART I – Introduction There is so much to discuss on a topic like this, especially for someone like me who, although currently a historian, grew up working on a conservation facility with my family, and still works in this field on occasion. This article is not a quick pop-sci piece, this is a lengthy essay discussing the merits of zoological facilities and the issues … Continue reading From Conquerors to Custodians: In Defence of Zoos, Ambassador Animals, and Captive Breeding (Part I)

Podcast Episode 1 – Rise of the African Superhero [Show Notes]

On this episode of Citizen Historian, you heard an interview with Loyiso Mkize and Clyde Beech from Kewzi comics where we spoke about heroes, villains, popular culture and how this all applies to Africa and her growing cultural movements. Listen to “Episode 1 – Rise of the African Superhero” on iTunes Kwezi Links Kwezi Comics: http://kwezicomics.com Kwezi Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kwezi_flyboy Kwezi Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kwezicomicbook/ Loyiso Mkize: https://www.instagram.com/loyisomkize More Info & … Continue reading Podcast Episode 1 – Rise of the African Superhero [Show Notes]