Iona Gilburt

Digital Editor and Curator

Iona Gilburt took up the position of Digital Editor and Curator at the CHR in 2021. In this role, she works closely with staff and fellows to produce and design web content that articulates the CHR’s unique take on Arts and Letters, as well as its commitment to creating vibrant collaborations between artists and scholars as they reimagine the future of the humanities. From 2018-2020, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the DSI-NRF SARChI Chair in Visual History and Theory at the CHR. Her own research interests centre on adopting interdisciplinary approaches to the study of written texts, considering how these intersect with visual cultures and visual theories. She has primarily worked on examining representations of photography and film in novels, as well as experimenting with creative criticism, and has published articles in Safundi, New Writing, and Kronos: Southern African Histories. In 2020, she was a guest editor with Prof. Patricia Hayes for the Kronos special issue Other Lives of the Image. 

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