Michelle Smith

Convenor of International Partnerships

Smith is the Convener of International partnerships at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape. She is currently in her final year of a doctoral degree, which is concerned with how race, the body, and community are figured in three Eastern Cape museums. The study has taken history not as empirically produced but, rather, constituted through multiple sites and processes, not only through the archive and academia, but unfolding in a public sphere where history is constantly (re)negotiated and (re)constructed. More specifically, her analysis looks at how material objects, photographs and text intersect in the exhibitions of these museums, and how meaning is made at the nexus of, and interaction between, these forms of display.

The CHR in the time of a global pandemic

In line with protocols introduced by government towards the prevention and containment of the COVID-19 virus, the CHR suspended its public events, seminars, and general fellowship program until further notice.  We wish CHR fellows, students, artists, colleagues and friends, as well as our partners and funders in South Africa and across the world much strength and compassion in these difficult times.


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