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In the Press: Tony Bonani Miyambo

CHR Artist in Residence Tony Bonani Miyambo confronts the momentous challenges facing theatre makers with his solo show Commission Continua, performed online for the 2021 National Arts Festival.

My House is a Spaceship

CHR Early Career Doctoral Fellow Reza Khota debuted his new improvisation on guitar and pedals as part of NewMusicSA’21 Digital Indaba.

Aso Ebi: Dress, Fashion, Visual Culture, and Urban Cosmopolitanism in West Africa

The CHR congratulates former doctoral fellow Okechukwu Nwafor on the publication of Aso Ebi: Dress, Fashion, Visual Culture, and Urban Cosmopolitanism in West Africa by University of Michigan Press.

Commission Continua

CHR Artist in Residence Tony Bonani Miyambo performs Commission Continua for the 2021 National Arts Festival Experience.

Book Chapters List

Contributions by Staff and Fellows of the Centre for Humanities Research to edited volumes represent a diverse engagement with the centre’s academic inquiries. The following list shows publications from the latter years of the centre’s output.

List of Articles (2016-present)

Staff and Fellows of the Centre for Humanities Research regularly publish articles and reviews in local and international journals, applying the centre’s intellectual inquiries across a wide range of disciplines and interests.

Kronos: Southern African Histories 46

The CHR is excited to announce the publication of Other Lives of the Image, a special issue of the journal Kronos: Southern African Histories.

Trickbox of Memory: Essays on Power and Disorderly Pasts

The CHR is delighted to announce the publication of Ruins from CHR Director, Professor Heidi Grunebaum, in Trickbox of Memory: Essays on Power and Disorderly Pasts published by punctum books.

The Passport That Does Not Pass Ports African Literature of Travel

The CHR congratulates director, Professor Heidi Grunebaum, on the publication of her latest chapter titled: ‘Zanzibar, circa 1996’ in The Passport That Does Not Pass Ports African Literature of Travel in the Twenty-First Century. The collection is co-edited by Isabel Balseiro and Zachariah Rapola.

Sets & Devices

Dr Kim Gurney, Next Generation scholar at the CHR, has created a limited edition photobook about life in the artisanal workshop of Sets & Devices in Salt River, Cape Town.

Ambivalent. Photography and Visibility in African History Book Launch

Edited by Patricia Hayes and Gary Minkley
Published by Ohio University Press, 2019

The Book of the Missing

The CHR is delighted to announce the publication of Acting Director and Associate Professor, Heidi Grunebaum, poetry collection ‘The Book of the Missing’.

Ambivalent: Photography and Visibility in African History (New African Histories)

The CHR congratulates Patricia Hayes, SARChI Chair in Visual History, and Gary Minkley, SARChI Chair in Social Change, on the publication of their latest co-edited book Ambivalent.

The Dream of the Royal Road: Psychoanalysis and the Post

The CHR is delighted to announce the latest publication from CHR Next Gen researcher, Ross Truscott, titled ‘The Dream of the Royal Road: Psychoanalysis and the Post’ published in Cultural Critique.

Creative Cities, Graffiti and Culture‐Led Development in South Africa: Dlala Indima (‘Play Your Part’)

The CHR congratulates post-doctoral fellow, Dr Rike Sitas, on her latest publication: ‘Creative Cities, Graffiti and Culture‐Led Development in South Africa: Dlala Indima (‘Play Your Part’) in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

Neoliberalism’s last breath: thinking politico-economic well-being during and beyond COVID-19

The CHR is delighted to announce the publication of honours fellow, Kiasha Naidoo’s latest journal article “ Neoliberalism’s last breath: thinking politico-economic well-being during and beyond COVID-19” in Revista de Filosofie Aplicată.

Green Screen

Green Screen, a newly launched work of creative nonfiction, follows the life of a film set created for a commercial by a team of artisans in Salt River, Cape Town, and how it morphs into a surprising series of second lives. The reader navigates this digital storymap online through a series of geolocations, visuals and text, authored by Kim Gurney and published by CHR.

The Barrydale Giant Puppet Parade: mobilising creative ecologies in the Klein Karoo, South Africa

A new publication by Aja Marneweck explores the multifaceted process of creating the large-scale annual public puppetry event, The Barrydale Giant Puppet Parade, in the rural town of Barrydale, South Africa.

What is the University for?

A new paper by Professor Premesh Lalu has been published in Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory.

Professor Premesh Lalu celebrates David Koloane’s life

Professor Premesh Lalu celebrates David Koloane’s life as a purveyor of “a lover’s discourse” and he is described by former president Thabo Mbeki as “a fighter for the liberation of our people.”

Democracy, Consensus and Citizenship

and the Book Launch of Consensus as Democracy in Africa by Prof Bernard Matolino (UKZN)

Article in New Literary History Recognising the work of the CHR

James Chandler acknowledges the CHR in a publication on aesthetic education and sensibility.

Kronos: Southern African Histories 44

Missing and Missed: Subject, Politics, Memorialisation (Special Issue)

Bruce Lee, Steve Biko, Dollar Brand: Brothers with imperfect timing or everybody was Kung-Fu fighting

Professor Premesh Lalu

New Book by Luis Gimenez Amoros

Tracing the Mbira Sound Archive in Zimbabwe

Publication: Jane Taylor

William Kentridge: That Which is Not Remembered 

New Accents on the Social

Out of History, Unsettled History, and Remains of the Social Review by Crain Soudien.

Kronos 43: What is the university in Africa for?

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

Publication: Fred Bidandi

The CHR would like to congratulate Migrating Violence Postdoctoral Fellow Fred Bidandi

Publication: Suren Pillay

Thinking the State from Africa: Political Theory, Eurocentrism and Concrete Politics

Unstitching Rex Trueform: The Story of An African Factory

A new publication by CHR Architectural Fellow Ilze Wolff

The Deaths of Hintsa: Post-Apartheid South Africa and the Shape of Recurring Pasts

by Premesh Lalu (HSRC Press, 2009) In 1996, as South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission […]

Hypocrisy: ‘Wherein the Action and Utterance of the Stage, Bar, and Pulpit are Distinctly Consider’d’

by Jane Taylor in Performing The Secular: Religion, Representation, and Politics (Eds) Milija Gluhovic and […]

Becoming UWC: Reflections, pathways and unmaking apartheid’s legacy

Edited by Premesh Lalu and Noëleen Murray

Awakenings: The Art of Lionel Davis

The Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape is proud to […]

Publication: Mwayi Lusaka

The CHR would like to congratulate doctoral fellow Mwayi Lusaka on the publication of his article.

Stuart Hall’s Voice

Intimations of an Ethics of Receptive Generosity

Publication: Heidi Grunebaum

a new publication by Senior Researcher Dr. Heidi Grunebaum

Book Launch: Out of History and Unsettled History

The CHR and the Department of History, UWC invites you to a joint launch

Remains of the Social

The CHR and Wits University Press is pleased to announce the publication of: Remains of […]

Book Launch: Thinking Freedom in Africa

Please join us for the launch of ‘Thinking Freedom in Africa: Toward a Theory of Emancipatory Politics’, a new book by Professor Michael Neocosmos

New Book by Jane Taylor: William Kentridge Being Led by the Nose

Jane Taylor

I See You Wins Best New South African Script

The CHR is excited to announce that I See You, a play by Mongi Mthombeni, […]

Publication: Bongani Ndhlovu

The CHR is pleased to announce a new publication by post-doctoral fellow Bongani Ndhlovu.

Publication: Recognition and Ethics in World Literature

The CHR is pleased to announce a new publication by former fellow Vincent Van Bever Donker.

Empathy’s Echo: post-apartheid fellow feeling

The CHR is pleased to announce a new publication Next Generation Scholar Ross Truscott.

Out of History: Reimagining South African Pasts

Edited by Jung Ran Forte, Paolo Israel and Leslie Wits

Publication: Nationalism and Exile in an Age of Solidarity

The CHR is pleased to announce a new publication under the Migrating Violence research platform […]

Publication: Suren Pillay and Carlos Fernandes in conversation with Souleymane Bachir Diagne

The CHR is pleased to announce a new publication by Senior Researcher at the Centre […]

Igniting Conversations about Science

CHR Director Professor Premesh Lalu delivered an address at the media launch of Science Forum […]

A Nervous State by Nancy Rose Hunt: Book Launch

Duke University Press, Clarke’s Bookshop and the Centre for Humanities Research, UWC invite you to the launch of the new book by Nancy Rose Hunt (Professor of History & African Studies, University of Florida)

Book Launch: Remembering Historian, Activist and Author Martin Legassick

You are invited by Wits University Press, UWC’s Centre for Humanities Research and The Book Lounge to pay tribute to the memory of eminent historian and activist Martin Legassick at the launch of his posthumously published book

The CHR fellowship programme will continue in 2021 primarily through online platforms. Regulations permitting, the CHR plans to host limited live events in compliance with current COVID-19 protocols. Please follow our events page for updates about seminars, workshops, and arts events.

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