History Department, PhD, Early Career Fellow

My research looks into Cape Town’s “cinemascapes”, the city’s landscape of cinemas in the twentieth century, exploring the relations between cinema-going, aesthetics and inhabiting urban space. Looking at the ‘bioscope’ as medium of particular kinds of politics, public imagination and racial subjectivities prior to its seeming displacement by malls from the late 1980s, this project aims to understand how the spatialisation of aesthetics was central to the experience of the modernising city. I propose that cinemas provide us with a privileged vantage point from which to recognise the geographic disjuncture in Apartheid’s spatial planning and to reconsider the articulations of particular aesthetic forms.