Dr Valmont Layne
Next Generation Scholar
Valmont Layne is a Next Generation Fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape. His research interests include music, sound studies, archives and heritage studies and histories of technology. In 2019 he successfully completed his doctoral thesis titled: Goema’s refrain: Sonic anticipation and the musicking Cape. Valmont is currently working on a book manuscript and a short documentary film project on Cape musicking histories, and is part of a team working to revitalise the archival collections of the University of the Western Cape. He lives in Muizenberg, Cape Town.
As a Fellow:
Valmont was an NRF Early Career Fellow and PhD Candidate at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape.
He 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 research read ‘the Cape’ as an affective space, auditing its ‘jazzing’ and vernacular lifeworlds in terms which amplify the sonic, the postcolonial and the global.