The Barrydale Giant Puppet Parade: mobilising creative ecologies in the Klein Karoo, South Africa
A new publication by Aja Marneweck explores the multifaceted process of creating the large-scale annual public puppetry event, The Barrydale Giant Puppet Parade, in the rural town of Barrydale, South Africa.
Professor Huey Copeland awarded Sawyer Seminars Grant
The Centre for Humanities Research warmly congratulates Professor Huey Copeland on the award of the $225,000 Sawyer Seminars grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to convene the international project, “The Black Arts Archive: The Challenge of Translation.”
2019’s edition of the annual giant puppet parade and performance in Barrydale features electro-acoustic musical compositions, fantastical masked creatures, and a narrative exploring the global climate crisis and ecological disaster.
The African Critical Inquiry Programme is pleased to announce the 2020 Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards to support African doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled at South African universities and conducting dissertation research on relevant topics.
The story of 120 years of gold mining and racial capitalism leads to disease and extreme poverty which endures into the present. Through more than a century of deep level gold mining in South Africa, a legacy of illness, death and inequality has left its mark on the Southern African continent.
Call for Papers – Revolutionary Papers: Counter-Institutions, Politics and Culture in Periodicals of the Global South workshop
The workshop will examine 20th century periodicals and related print ephemera – including newspapers, cultural and literary journals, magazines, manifestoes, newsletters and political pamphlets – as sites of Left, anti-imperial and anti-colonial critical production throughout decolonization, anti-Apartheid struggles, and the post-colonial era.
This year’s annual giant puppet parade and performance in Barrydale features electro-acoustic musical compositions, fantastical masked creatures, and a narrative exploring the global climate crisis and ecological disaster.
Launch of Mellon South Lab in Performance Cultures and Embodied Creative Practices
The Andrew W Mellon Chair of Aesthetic Theory and Material Per-formance and the Laboratory of Kinetic Objects is involved in an excit-ing partnership between the CHR at UWC and the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures at the University of Virginia.
CHR’s Phokeng in Curatorial Intensive Residency in Dakar
Between the months of March and May 2019, Phokeng Setai participated in a curatorial intensive residency program with the Raw Material Company in Dakar, Senegal. During this program curatorial practices were discussed in their many variations – from the early beginnings of the practice to its current formulations.
Between July 6th and July 10th 2019, the Laboratory of Kinetic Objects (LoKO) at the CHR hosted a colloquium on Subject/Object relations, in an ongoing exploration of Animation, Animism, Thing Theory, the Subject and the Object, Puppetry Arts and performance.
The CHR in partnership with African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town and UCT School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatic and Wolff Architects hosted a lecture titled Soft Thresholds by practicing architect and educator Rahul Mehrotra.
PRODUCING IN THE PRESENT, PRESSURING THE PAST, FOR AN IMMEDIATE FUTURE. The key to the future lies in the past. The archive of the past is our immediate future. The question is not that we merely take and place the archive. We are not merely inheritors of a culture but its inherent makers.
Jacob Cloete Graduates with PhD in Political Studies
Congratulations to Jacob Cloete for completing his PhD studies in Political Studies with research topic that focuses on the politics of belonging in the complex context of North and South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
A Look Back at the 2019 Mellon Africa Humanities Workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
In January, CHCI held its first Africa Humanities Workshop in Addis Ababa, hosted by Elizabeth Giorgis, Associate Professor of Art History, Criticism and Theory in the College of Performing and Visual Art and the Center for African Studies at Addis Ababa University.
Professor Giorgis teaches Art Theory and Criticism in the Graduate School of the College of Performing and Visual Art at the Modern Art Museum: Gebre Kristos Desta Center at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
Professor Jane Taylor, Andrew W Mellon Chair of Aesthetic Theory and Material Performance, was in conversation with Northwestern University theatre historian Professor Dassia Posner on puppetry and object theatre.
On Saturday April 14th Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler of Handspring Puppet Company were recipients of the Kennedy Center Gold Medal in the Arts. The celebratory event took place at the Zeitz-MOCAA Museum.