Valmont Layne


Current Fellows: History Department, PhD

Valmont Layne is currently an NRF Early Career Fellow and PhD Candidate at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape.

He has worked with questions of social transformation and justice mediated through cultural space including research, curating, collecting and advocacy. His work has been located at different sites – on museum practice and social justice at the District Six Museum, with curating ‘transformation’ at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, and with arts and rights-based research and policy advocacy at Arterial Network.

His current research reads ‘the Cape’ as an affective space, auditing its ‘jazzing’ and vernacular lifeworlds in terms which amplify the sonic, the postcolonial and the global.

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CHR’s Valmont Layne Graduates with PhD focusing on Goema music

The CHR congratulations to Valmont Layne for graduating with his doctorate, with a thesis that focuses on the history of Goema music in Cape Town and its intricate links to Cape Jazz.

KINESIS: Of Moving and Being Moved

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.

Africa as Concept and Method: Emancipation, Decolonization, Freedom

The Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes (CHCI) Africa Workshop 2019 was hosted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with scholars from the CHR attending.

Seminar: Valmont Layne

Tem Hawker, Yakhal Inkomo and the sentimental ‘avant-garde: Revisiting Cape jazz’s sonic archive’