John Mowitt


John Mowitt holds the Leadership Chair in the Critical Humanities in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. He was formerly Professor in the Dept. of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. His publications range widely over the fields of culture, politics and theory. In 2008 he collaborated with the composer Jarrod Fowler to transfigure his book, Percussion: Drumming, Beating, Striking (2002), from a printed to a sonic text/performance, “Percussion” as Percussion. His Radio: Essays in Bad Reception appeared in 2011, published by University of California Press. His forthcoming book, “Sounds”, is also to be published by California University Press. In addition, he is a senior co-editor of the journal, Cultural Critique.


Kronos 43: What is the university in Africa for?

2017 Special Issue edited by Ross Truscott and Maurits Van Bever Donker

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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