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Visiting Scholars - Past

Arif, Yasmeen

Visiting Scholar - Past

Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellow; Associate Professor, Delhi School of Economics

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Yasmeen Arif is currently Associate Professor in Sociology/Social Anthropology, University of Delhi, India. Her current research engagement is about understanding the reconstitution of life or its disavowal in conditions of damage. Drawing from a events across conventional categories of the natural, social, political and economic; she develops an anthropological notion of ‘recovery’, grounded analytically in a ‘politics of life’. She is currently completing a manuscript called afterlife, Reconstituting Life after Damage where she combines motifs from Humanitarianisms, International Law, aid practises and affective regimes, material cultures, lived experiences and others in a set of diverse contexts covering South Asia and the US. Her other research areas include urban studies, material and visual culture, critical theory, philosophy and method in social anthropology. She has held positions at the Graduate Institute, Geneva; University of Minnesota (Twin Cities); CSDS, Delhi; University of California, Los Angeles; and the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

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August, Tyrone

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Visiting Scholar from the University of the Western Cape

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Tyrone is a doctoral student at the University of the Western Cape's Department of English and a fellow at the university's Centre for Humanities Research. His previous degrees include: * a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in sociology and psychology, from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban; * an Honours degree in sociology from the University of South Africa; and * a Master of Arts degree in history, politics and literature from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

He previously worked as a journalist on several daily and weekly newspapers as well as various monthly magazines in Johannesburg and Cape Town. His most recent position was editor of the Cape Town daily newspaper, the "Cape Times". He still writes a weekly column for the newspaper and is also currently a judge for the annual Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards, which recognizes distinguished journalism in the print media.

Batista , Patricia Giselia

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Patrícia Giselia Batista is Brazilian Ph.D. candidate in Social History in the Program in History at the Federal University of Uberlândia. Since 2016, she has been developing intersectional research, in the "Politics and Imaginary" field, which focus on Cultural, Race and Gender Studies in the area of Decolonial and Black Feminist theories. She is a member of the Gender Studies Center (NEGUEM-UFU) and Fellowship Abdias Program of Doctorate Exchange. She has master's degree in Social History from the State University of Montes Claros (Unimontes). She has bachelor degree in History from Instituto Superior de Educação Ibituruna (ISEIB) and, with Lato Sensu specialization in "History, Society and Culture in Brazil" from State University of Montes Claros (Unimontes). She also has experience as primary school teacher in the Public School Brazilian. In the period 2012-2015, she attended workshops at the Theater University (Extension Project of the Arts College - Unimontes). From 2008 to 2015, she participated as a volunteer and she was a founding member of the Igor Vive Sociocultural Associatio (ACIV) in the interior of the State of Minas Gerais in Brazil, which contributing to the development of artistic practices, socio-cultural projects and various actions against homophobia. She also has a artistic name, "Pagi", for her artistic performance as a poet and perfomer. She is the author of two books of poetry - "There is a flower in my shoe" (2012) and "I hummingbird or I deflower you" (2015) - and other poems published in anthologies. She got an honorable mention at the 29th National Poetry Salon Psiu Poético in Brazil. Patricia Giselia will be in residence with ICGC from August 2018 to August 2019.

Batra, Lalit

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2015 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow

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Lalit Batra is a doctoral candidate at the department of Geography, Environment and Society. He grew up in New Delhi, India and received his BA from Delhi University and MA in Sociology from Pondicherry University, India. His dissertation research interrogates cultural politics of sanitation in India by exploring how Delhi's wastewater flows are enabled, interrupted and regulated by social reproduction of a caste-based sanitation labor regime.

Calkivik, Asli

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Assistant Professor

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Asli received her PhD in Political Science at the University of Minnesota in 2010. Currently she is an assistant professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Istanbul Technical University. Working on the intersection of political theory and international relations, in her research, Asli probes into questions pertaining to international security, war and violence in social and political thought, politics of time, post-colonial and post-structural perspectives on global politics.

Visiting term: Fall 2016 - Fall 2017

Campbell, Kurt

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Visiting Scholar from the University of the Western Cape

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As a practicing artist and academic, Kurt is a multidisciplinarian. His artwork is represented in national and international collections. He has published on aspects of visual cultue, most recently in the European Journal of English Studies and Musiques et Cultures Digitales. His current research is based on the textual ideation of a blind Cape Town born boxing champion from the early 1900's. Kurt holds degrees from Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town. His PhD research is based at the Center for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape. www.kurt-campbell.com

Dantas do Amaral, Raquel

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Raquel is Brazilian and received her Bachelor degree in Architecture and Urbanism in her city Fortaleza in 2004. She got her title Master of Science in Urban Management from the Technology University of Berlin in 2008. After finishing her master course, she returned to Brazil and has worked for 3 years at State Government of Ceara enrolled in a development Project financed by Interamerican Development Bank (IDB). This period instigated her to comprehend better the role of development banks, so she initiated her PhD program in the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of University of São Paulo in Brazil in 2014. During her third year of Phd research she has the opportunity to enjoy the ICGC scholar community to exchange ideas about these global institutions of power and their relation with the state, focusing in urban and regional planning issues.  She will also be working with Michael Goldman, ICGC affiliated faculty member in the Department of Sociology.  

do Nascimento Nganga , João Gabriel

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João Gabriel is Brazilian and received his Bachelor degree in History in his homeown of Uberlândia in 2011.  
He holds a Masters Degree in History from the Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU). He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in History, with research on black activism in confronting racism through audiovisual productions, proposing a dialogue between Brazil and the United States. 

João Gabriel is currently working as associate researcher at the Center for Afro-Brazilian Studies at the Federal University of Uberlândia (NEAB-UFU).   He is also a cultural producer, working in the elaboration, production and development of socio-educational-cultural projects, with emphasis on Afro-Brazilian Culture. He also has experience teaching high school courses in improvement and specializations. His current work focuses mainly on the following topics: racial diversity, identities, social imagery, racism, media, youth, black activism and education for ethnic-racial relations.

Visiting Term: Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

Dubbeld, Bernard

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Bernard Dubbeld is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Stellenbosch University. He received a PhD in Anthropology and History from the University of Chicago in 2013.  He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled “Unsettled Futures: paradoxes of the post-apartheid project in the countryside" and on an article that will be part of a collection on EP Thompson's influence on scholarship of South Africa. He has recently published on the transformation of dock work in Durban, as well as on social grants and expectations of political change in a rural settlement in KwaZulu-Natal. He edits the journal Social Dynamics.

Erasmus, Aidan

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Aidan Erasmus is currently pursuing a PhD in History and is based at the Department of History and the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape. His M.A. examined the permutations of race alongside the development of the local rock music scene in South Africa from the 1960s through to the present. Interested in questions of sound after apartheid, music and its repercussions, and postcolonial reverberations, his doctoral project seeks to think war through sound in an attempt to make war audible, and is concerned with the ways in which history might be thought of as resonant. He is also the host of a programme on South African music called ‘The Shortwave’ on the Wrong Rock Show on Bush Radio 89.5 FM, a local community radio station in Cape Town.

Friedman , Elisabeth Jay

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Elisabeth Jay Friedman is Professor of Politics and Latin American Studies at the University of San Francisco. She is the author of Unfinished Transitions: Women and the Gendered Development of Democracy in Venezuela, 1936–1996 (Penn State Press, 2000), and the co-author of Sovereignty, Democracy, and Global Civil Society: State-Society Relations at UN World Conferences (SUNY Press, 2005). She has also published articles on transnational women's organizing, women's rights in Latin America, and same-sex marriage. Her most recent single-authored book, Interpreting the Internet: Feminist and Queer Counterpublics in Latin America (University of California Press, 2016), provides the first in-depth exploration of how Latin American feminist and queer activists have interpreted the internet in order to develop their identities, construct communities, and hone strategies for social change. By translating the internet into their own vernacular, they have also transformed the technology. Friedman is also the editor of the forthcoming collection Seeking Rights from the Left: Gender, Sexuality, and the Latin American Pink Tide (Duke University Press) which brings together 15 scholars from North and South America to explore to what extent contemporary left-leaning governments promoted the rights of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and engaged feminist and queer movements. Her current project explores the transnational diffusion of feminist practices.

Dr. Jay Friedman is in residence with ICGC through Spring semester, 2019.

Frieslaar, Geraldine

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Geraldine is a practicing archivist at the UWC Robben Island Mayibuye Archives and doctoral fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research based at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa. For her Ph.D research she is exploring the biography and the history of the archive by focusing on the making of the International Defense and Aid Fund (IDAF) as an archival collection. She holds a Masters degree from UWC and a BA Honours degree from the University of Stellenbosch.

Frye, Tim

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2017 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow

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Tim Frye is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota. He obtained his BA in Psychology and Spanish Studies from the University of Minnesota, and completed coursework at the Pontifícia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile, and the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil. He completed his MA in Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics from the University of Minnesota, where he began his research on the intersections of literature, the environment, and human rights in Latin America. As an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow at ICGC, he builds on an interest in large infrastructure, megaprojects, and the writers who unpack, reinterpret, and contest their relation to the environment. His work compares 20th century writers from three distinct and interrelated regions (Panama, Nicaragua, and Amazonian Brazil) that have, and continue to undergo colossal movements of land and water due to these megaprojects: the Panama Canal, the Gran Canal Interoceánico de Nicaragua, and the Zona Franca in Manaus, Brazil. Tim continues to conduct fieldwork and archival work in Panama, Nicaragua, and Amazonian Brazil, collaborating with scholars and artists who document in disparate ways the effects of megaprojects on local communities.

Visiting Term: Academic Year 2017-18

Genis, Serife

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Serife received her B.A. (Sociology) from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey, and Ph.D. (Sociology) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She worked as assistant professor in Turkey between 2005-2009 and as visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Sociology Department between 2009-2011. Currently, she is an associate professor of Sociology at Adnan Menderes University.

Serife's research focuses on the politics of global city making, neoliberal urban policies, gated communities, privatization of space and new forms of socio-spatial inequalities. Her work appeared in journals such as Urban Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Bilig and Toplum be Bilim. In addition to her research, she also translates academic articles and books from English to Turkish on urban sociology, sociological theory and field research.

She serves on the editorial board of Ideal Kent: Journal of Urban Studies, a refereed journal which publishes original articles in both Turkish and English and, of Heretik Publishing House which prints classical and contemporary books on critical social sciences. 

Visiting Term: Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 


Huang, Mingwei

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2016 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow

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Mingwei Huang is a PhD Candidate in American Studies with a concentration in Feminist and Critical Sexuality Studies, and teaches in the Department of Writing Studies. Embracing interdisciplinary approaches, my research interests broadly include Afro-Asia, the global south, south-south flows, contemporary empire, cultural studies, visual culture, popular culture, the anthropologies of capitalism and globalization, Johannesburg, Chinese diaspora, and economic informality and the illicit. My research has been funded through the Department of American Studies, the Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (2013), the College of Liberal Arts Graduate Research Partnership Program (2014), the Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant (2015), and the Interdisciplinary Dissertation Fellowship hosted at ICGC (2016-17). 
My dissertation "Plastic Empire, Empire of Plastic: Contemporary Chinese Capital and Migration in South Africa" uses ethnography and visual analysis to explore transnational flows of people, capital, and goods in contemporary “Chinese Johannesburg.” I ask, how do the geopolitical relations between China and South Africa socially, affectively, culturally, and politically manifest on the ground? How do race, nationality, gender, and desire shape Chinese and African experiences, and the infrastructures and aesthetics of goods and money? Plastic as heuristic device and trope unifies these multiple inquiries: the plasticity of hybrid cultural forms and socialities; the fakeness and cheapness of goods (“empire of plastic”); the toxicity, artificiality, malleability, and breakability of political ties and flexible imperial forms (“plastic empire”).    

Throughout 2013-15 I undertook fifteen months of fieldwork in South Africa, most of it based in "Chinese Johannesburg," referring to Chinatown and "China malls" (retail and wholesale shopping centers for Chinese imported goods). My participant-observation included living in Chinatown and at the mall's on-site apartments, in addition to working at a women's clothing and a party goods shop. While in Johannesburg, I was in residence at the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA) at Wits, and have presented my work at CISA, the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, and UWC's Centre for Humanities Research. I am interested in artist and media collaborations in Johannesburg; you can hear one of a podcast I recorded for the China-Africa Project here.

Kindervater, Garnet

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2012 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow

Garnet Kindervater earned a B.A. with distinction in Critical, Cultural and Political Theory from Ohio State University, and holds two master’s degrees (Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society; Political Science) from the University of Minnesota, where he remains as a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science. He is at work on a dissertation entitled, "Politics of the Highly Improbable: Security, Anticipation, Catastrophe," which outlines the contours of political rationality devoted to future catastrophic events. His writing and research scrutinize central questions in the study of human security under the light of materialist traditions in modern Western philosophy, the history of political thought, and international theory. Resulting from this research are essays that mobilize theories and philosophies of time, organization, rationality, and power in a reassessment of how human life persists as a category of political and economic value. He has published recently on the philosopher Gilles Deleuze, and he has essays forthcoming on subjects ranging from maritime piracy, sovereignty and global economic security; modern governance and catastrophe; as well as on the related concepts of human life, power, and speculative futures.

Longford, Sam

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Sam Longford is a final year PhD candidate and coordinator of the Remaking Societies, Remaking Persons (RSRP) Forum at the Department of History, UWC, and a Centre for Humanities Research Fellow. His PhD thesis is titled, ‘The Untimely Deaths of Chris Hani: Discipline, Spectrality, and the haunting possibility of return’, and is grounded by a sustained engagement with public history and different philosophies of history and of social change. This thesis focuses on the contested ways in which former General Secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP), Chris Hani, who was assassinated in 1993 just before South Africa’s first general election, is remembered and memorialised today, and what these invocations mean for both thinking through the transitional period from apartheid to democracy, and the ANC’s postapartheid project. As well as his work at UWC, Sam is a co-founder of The Commons, a collaborative and experimental space which seeks to build an inclusive platform for the arts in and around Muizenberg, Cape Town.

Sam is in virtual residency with ICGC during the Spring 2021 semester. 

Maduma , Thozama

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Thozama Maduma is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR) at the University of the Western Cape. She holds a PhD, MA, and B.A. Honors - all in History from the UWC. She writes on Women and Feminist Historiography with a dissertation titled ‘Theorising Women: The life of Charlotte Maxeke’. She is currently working on the broad historiography of colonialism in the Eastern Cape and on de-colonial and nationalist thought.She has worked and taught in various educational institutes in South Africa.  She has published two books and presented at many conferences and seminars around her work. Most recently she was moderator of a conference at the annual ICGC/CHR/Fort Hare Winter School in South Africa.


Visiting Term: Fall 2017

Marwah , Anuradha

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Anuradha Marwah is an author and academic and identifies herself as a feminist. She has written three novels - The Higher Education of Geetika Mehendiratta (1993); Idol Love (1999); and Dirty Picture (2008) - that explore Indian women's negotiations with the fast globalising nation and society. Her plays have been performed in various cities in India and also in Stockholm. Her latest play, 'Ismat's Love Stories’, which is about the feminist writer Ismat Chughtai's mercurial relationship with Saadat Hasan Manto, was shortlisted for the Hindu Playwright Award 2016 and has had several shows. She has also written short stories, poems, television scripts and popular and academic articles.

Anuradha Marwah is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Zakir Husain Delhi College, Delhi University. She teaches Indian Writing in English, Creative Writing, and Drama and Performance and researches the market for Indian fiction in English. She has co-authored the first textbook on Creative Writing for her University. She is currently at work on a novel about everyday performances and what acting and activism might lead to in a middle-class neighbourhood of Delhi. In ICGC, as Fulbright Visiting Faculty, she will collaborate  with Professor Richa Nagar in teaching the course entitled, ‘Stories, Bodies, Movements’. She also hopes to refine her understanding of the symbiotic relationship between stories and real life and life performances and activism during her four month visit here. 

Visiting Term: Fall 2017

Mkhwanazi, Sma

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I was born and raised in a rural village in KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. I have Bachelors of Pedagogics and Education degrees both earned in South Africa, Masters of Education (Special Education) and a PhD degree in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle.   I am a former high school teacher.  I joined the University of South Africa (UNISA) as a lecturer in the Department of Education Leadership and Management in 2013. My responsibilities include teaching School Leadership course to graduate students and Classroom Management course to the B. Ed undergraduate students. In addition I supervise seven Masters’ students.  My academic research interests focus on teacher professional development, instructional leadership and educational reform contexts as well as e-learning.  Specifically, I am interested in the teachers’ professional learning and structures such as school and district leadership that influence their professional development.

Moodley, Therona

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Visiting Scholar from the University of the Western Cape

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Therona is a Ph.D. Fellow at the University of Fort Hare (South Africa). She is exploring the concept of the disorderly woman in Indian cinema. She holds a Masters from the University of Minnesota. Her undergraduate degree was completed at the University of Natal (South Africa) with majors in English and Drama. She was also a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of South Africa where she developed courses on visual culture and film.

Pinto de Almeida, Fernanda

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Fernanda Pinto de Almeida is an Early Career Researcher at the Centre for Humanities Research and a PhD candidate at the Department of History at the University of the Western Cape. Her research maps Cape Town's landscape of cinemas in the twentieth century, exploring the relations between cinema-going, aesthetics and inhabiting urban space. Approaching the neighbourhood bioscope as medium of particular kinds of politics, public imagination and racial subjectivities, this project aims to understand how the spatialisation of aesthetics was central to the project of the modernising city before and during Apartheid. 

Rajan, Nithya

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Nithya Rajan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the everyday experiences and survival strategies of Afghan refugee women in India and how they disrupt our understanding of refugee life in the global south. She is interested in the intersection of critical refugee studies and feminist, and postcolonial theory. Rajan has Master’s degrees from the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University and the Department of Social Work at Jamia Millia Islamia (New Delhi, India). 

Santillana, Jose Manuel

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José Manuel Santillana is a doctoral candidate in the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Department at the University of Minnesota. His research explores Mexican social life in rural Central California where there is ongoing environmental degradation. His expertise are in the areas of Jotería Studies, Chicanx Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic studies, Women of Color Feminism and Environmental Studies. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Chicanx Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and California State University, Northridge. His master's thesis was titled "La Jotería de UCLA: Queer Latina/o Chicana/o Student Activism.” He also co-authored an article entitled "Jotería Identity and Consciousness: The Formation of a Collective" in Aztlán: A journal for Chicano Studies.

Saxena, Akshya

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2013 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow

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As an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow at ICGC, Akshya Saxena is working on her dissertation, Vernacular Englishes: Language, Translation and Democratic Politics in Post-Liberalization India. Her dissertation develops the radical potential of critical translation theory to contribute to the ongoing theorization of South Asian democracy. Hers is the first study that examines the vexed position of English in post-independence India and the language’s new literary and political force. She argues that it is no longer possible to view English as merely a colonial legacy to be opposed or simply a language of global capital to be embraced. Her work contends that contemporary language politics in India hinge on categories of gender, class and caste, where the foreign provenance of English invests these matrices with newer (often, unpredictable) political meanings. Akshya Saxena received her BA in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College (University of Delhi) and her MA in English Literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University in India. She entered the department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at University of Minnesota in 2009 with a three-year Graduate School Fellowship. Akshya is also a practicing translator. She has translated Art Speigelman's Maus and a selection of Ashis Nandy's writings into Hindi for SARAI-Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, India.

Schaffauser , Agnes

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Agnès Schaffauser is a Ph.D. Candidate in the department of French and Italian at the University of Minnesota and teaches beginning, intermediate, and upper-level French courses at the University of Minnesota. She has also taught French in Wales, England, at the University of Montana, and at Hamline University in St. Paul. In summer 2019, she will teach an African literature class (AFRO 3625W) on “Women Writers of Africa and the African Diaspora."

She obtained her BA in English at Paris VIII University, her MA in American literature at Toulouse-Le Mirail University, and completed coursework at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK. She completed an MA in French and Francophone literature at the University of Minnesota with a concentration on African-American and African studies. She is currently specializing in Francophone postcolonial literature with an emphasis on Maghrebi literature. Her research interests also include gender studies and psychoanalysis.

For her thesis, she will focus on the figure of the migrant and representations of migration in literature and the arts, especially in novels, comic books, films and documentaries. Her research has been funded through the department of French and Italian, the College of Liberal Arts Graduate Research Partnership Program (2016), the Renaud Graduate Fellowship (2018), and the Interdisciplinary Dissertation Fellowship hosted at ICGC (2018–19). She published her first article “‘The Toxic Father’ and ‘the Curing Daughter’ in Marie NDiaye’s Three Strong Women” in The French Review (2017) and is currently working on putting together a collected volume on Franco-Algerian writer Salim Bachi.

Agnes is in residence as ICGC's Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow through spring semester of 2019.

Setai, Phokeng

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Phokeng Setai is a research fellow in the Centre for Humanities Research and a doctoral candidate in the department of Anthropology at the University of the Western Cape. In his doctoral research, Setai explores the evolution of curatorial practice as an independent field of cultural production on the African continent. His study is conducted by means of investigating the strategies that Black-African curatorial practitioners incorporate in the discursive and applied articulation of their practices in the form of exhibition-making, publication or institution-building. He draws from his ethnographic research on the lives and practices of three prominent Black-African curatorial producers to understand how their praxes have influenced modes of cultural production emerging out of the African art world in the present day. Setai holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of the Free State, under a program called The Narrative Study of Lives​ . He is co-founder of ​About00Time​ , a digital cultural work initiative founded while doing archival research in the Mayibuye Archives at the University of the Western Cape. ​About00Time, ​ which makes use of artifactual and cultural archives to speculate and probe the possibilities of new cultural imaginaries into the contemporary, will be releasing its first book publication - ​Creativity Under Confinement - ​ in the second quarter of 2021. This collaborative book project, of which Setai is co-editor, was conceptualised during the early stages of the global lockdown in 2020. Phokeng is also co-founder of the ​Mutha_Ship Landing​ , an artistic project space located in Salt River, Cape Town, whose aim is to offer Black-African artistic and cultural producers a space for dialogue, experimentation, collaboration and knowledge production. Lastly, Setai works part-time as a research assistant at Zeitz MoCAA, Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, located in Cape Town, South Africa,  where he currently lives and works.  

Phokeng is in virtual residency with ICGC during Spring semester 2021. 

Tayeebwa, William

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Dr. William Tayeebwa a Senior Lecturer and Head, Department of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. He holds a PhD in Communication from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and an MPhil in Media Studies from University of Oslo in Norway. His areas of research and consultancy include the nexus between journalism with environment, peace and conflict as well as migration and refugee mediated narratives. He has published in the areas of community radio, social media, as well as media and peacebuilding. He is at the ICGC as an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation writing fellow working on his research on the “United Nations Mediated Discourses of Peacebuilding in the Democratic Republic of the Congo”.   He is in residence with ICGC from September - October 2019.

Van der Rede, Lauren

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Lauren Van Der Rede has grown up in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa, where she has also had the privilege of studying at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). She is currently based in the English Department of UWC and the Centre for Humanities Research (UWC), where she is an A.W. Mellon Fellow. With a focus on Africa, she studies the relationship between violence, psychoanalysis, trauma and the literary. Her Master’s thesis examined representations of the African child in select contemporary films, arguing that the African child is often represented as a liminal, ambiguous, and often paradoxical figure, through which the selected films are able to, at least to some extent, transcend Afropessimism. For the purposes of her Doctoral research project she is looking at select instances of genocide and genocidal violence in Africa, their post-traumatic effects and their literary representations, in the hope of contributing to psychoanalytic theory through the development of a new concept.

van Laun, Bianca

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Bianca van Laun completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Cape Town, in 2008 which she graduated Suma Cum Laude. She then went on to do her Honours degree in History (UWC) for which she investigated the role of the youth in the Rwandan genocide in 1994 and argued for a reassessment of the use of the concept youth especially in terms of those involved in violence. She graduated Cum Laude. Bianca completed her Masters thesis in History at UWC in 2012. The project dealt with questions of violence and historiography in relation to a Poqo uprising in the town of Paarl, South Africa, in 1962.  Bianca published an article titled “Of bodies captured: the visual representation of the Paarl march and Poqo in apartheid South Africa” in Social Dynamics journal, March 2014. Bianca is currently registered as a doctoral candidate at the UWC. Her thesis is interested in the bureaucratic apparatus surrounding the application of capital punishment in South Africa particularly during the 1960s. She is also a lecturer in the history department at the University of the Western Cape.

Walters, Lee

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Lee Walters is a doctoral candidate at the University of the Western Cape’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. Majoring in Arts Culture and Heritage Management, Lee holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Lee previously worked as a researcher, curator and manager in various cultural industries organisations and continues to contribute to the works of several arts collectives in the continent. Her most recent formal work engagements include programme manager for music at Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council, Southern Africa; general manager for Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition in South Africa; and curator for the experimental youth arts programme at UJ Arts, University of Johannesburg. Lee is currently a fellow at UWC’s Centre for Humanities Research and National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences scholarship recipient.

Lee is in virtual residency with ICGC during the Spring 2021 semester. 

Williams, Elizabeth

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2014 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow

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Elizabeth Williams was raised in Western North Carolina, and received a BA in History from Smith College in 2008. Her work examines constructions of race and sexuality in colonial Kenya, focusing on how narratives about normativity and deviance were used to maintain white supremacy and exclude Africans and Asians from power. Located in the History Department, she also has a minor in Feminist Studies from the Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and is a member of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies and the University of Minnesota. She is also an affiliated researcher with the Department of Archaeology and History at the University of Nairobi, where she is finishing up her field work.