Dr Joanne R. Davis - Publication, writing, talks and seminars


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography – Entry on Tiyo Soga; Entry on Tiyo Soga’s children.



Book chapters:

Journal articles


Seminar and Conference Papers


‘The Audacity of Veracity: The Role of Tiyo Soga in the Translation of the Bible into Xhosa’ Seminar Paper for Christian Missions in World History, Institute of Historical Research, SOAS University, London.


  • June 22nd 2021 ‘Remembering? Undisciplining? Decolonising? Incorporating? Realising missionary archival potential anew through the lens of NoSuthu, mother of Reverend Tiyo Soga’ with introductory comments from Joanne Ichimura (SOAS) and Adrian Wisnicki (University of Nebraska-Lincoln). Christian Mission in Global History Seminar Series, Institute of Historical Studies, School of Advanced Studies, London.
  • March 2021 ‘In Search of Bessie Emery: tracing Bessie Head’s career as a journalist’ at the Drum@70 Symposium, Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Study.
  • March 2021 ‘Preaching Out: Itineration and Mission Work in the work of the Rev Tiyo Soga’ Centre of World Christianity, SOAS, University of London. Via Zoom. It was recorded and is available on SOAS’s youtube site
  • May 2020: ‘Preaching Out: Itineration and Mission Work in the work of the Rev Tiyo Soga’ at Christian Mission in Global History seminar series, Institute of Historical Studies, Institute of Advanced Studies, London, via Zoom.
  • 11 February 2020: ‘Early Black Theology - Biblical Hermeneutics in the Preaching of Rev Tiyo Soga, Xhosa Missionary 1857-1871’ to be presented at the World Christianity Seminar, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh.
  • June 2019: 'Accessing UK Archival Holdings from South Africa', presented at the Decolonising African Studies: questions and dilemmas for libraries, archives and collections SCOLMA 2019, Edinburgh University.
  • April 2019 ‘Rev Tiyo Soga and Black Consciousness: tracing the narrative.' Presented at the Steve Biko Foundation Centre at Ginsberg, South Africa on the special launch of Tiyo Soga: A Literary History.
  • November 2018: ‘Making New Ideas: A Career in Writing - Creative or Critical'. I presented a seminar for A-Level learners at Parliament Hill School, London, for their Sixth Form enrichment programme ‘Great Minds Think Again’.
  • June 2018: “‘Whom Not Having Seen, Ye Love:” Scripture in the sermons of the Reverend Tiyo Soga.’ I presented this paper at the Scripture, Prayer and Worship in the History of Missions and World Christianity Yale Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and World Christianity at the School of Divinity, Edinburgh University.
  • May 2017: ‘Aspects of the history of the translation of the Bible into Xhosa (II): an aetiology of an argument.’ I presented a paper at the Translating God Conference, held by the Translating Christianities Research Group, Literature and Languages, University of Stirling.
  • September 2016 ‘The Old is the New: The importance of archival holdings in building heritage’ I delivered a paper at New Histories of Christianity in Southern Africa held at Cambridge University, UK.
  • June 2016. ‘Aspects of the history of the translation of the Bible into Xhosa (I): authority, aesthetics, authenticity.’ I delivered this paper at the Liverpool International Conference: The Bible in African and Asian Christianity, at Hope Campus, Liverpool University.
  • October 2015 ‘Omission and Elision: Missing the target in the biographies of the Reverend Tiyo Soga’ I presented this paper at the African Christian Biography: Narratives, Beliefs, and Boundaries Conference, Boston University.
  • April 2015 ‘Representing Soga: lessons in Romanticism’ I presented this paper at the Colonial Christian Missions and their Legacies Conference, University of Copenhagen.
  • February 2015 ‘Shifting Contours: Travel in the life and writings of the Reverend Tiyo Soga’. I presented this paper for the African Intellectual Mobilities Colloquium at the University of York.
  • 18 August 2014 ‘Rev Tiyo Soga and the Ideas of Modernity’. Sociology Department Seminar Series, University of Cape Town, and I also presented a lecture to 2nd Year Sociology Students on this topic.
  • 16 June 2014 ‘Family Trees: Roots and Branches - The dynasty and legacy of the Reverend Tiyo Soga’ Conference paper at the Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and World Christianity.
  • July 2002 ‘Problems with Paradigms: Darcus Howe and the Colonial Gaze’ Conference paper for The First International Film and History Conference, University of Cape Town


  • November 2013. 'Trinket' Agenda No 98. 109.
  • August 2009. My poem ‘Daylight Holdheat’ was published in Whispers on the Breeze. United Press.
  • October 2006. 'Nobody's Fool' Agenda 23 No 69. 100.

Book Reviews