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Arts of Africa and the Global South

Rhodes participates in the Africa–China symposium at the Goethe Institute in Johannesburg

Members of the Arts of Africa and the Global South research team, Stary Mwaba and Ruth Simbao, participated in the symposium “Referencing China and East Asia in Southern African Visual Culture”, which was held at the Goethe Institute in Johannesburg in April. The symposium was organised by Dr. Juliette Leeb-du Toit (SRA: Wits University, UK and the University of KwaZulu-Natal) and Dr. Ross Anthony (Acting Head: Centre for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch University).

Fine art

RAW Artist in Residence Rehema Chachage

The Arts of Africa and Global Souths research team in the Fine Art Department, welcomes Rehema Chachage as a RAW Artist in Residence. Chachage is a mixed media artist based in Dar es Salaam, who works predominantly in video, sculptural installation and performance. Her early work draws from her time spent as a student at the University of Cape Town and she describes experiencing this situation as a “‘cultural foreigner’ and a non-South African, black female student in a predominantly middle class institution”. At the time, she says, her work was produced from “the point of view of a stranger, the outsider, the other, the alien and often the voiceless”. Recently she has been exploring rituals as valuable tools for interpreting social norms and tensions, including gender relations and subversion.

National Research Foundation

Rhodes joins African Arts editorial consortium

This year Rhodes University joined the editorial consortium of the journal African Arts, which is published quarterly by UCLA and is distributed by MIT Press. The four consortium partners are UCLA, Rhodes University, the University of Florida and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. According to the Rhodes consortium editor, Professor Ruth Simbao, the core goals of the Rhodes University consortium partnership are to significantly increase the participation of scholars in the field who are based on the African continent, and to contribute towards shifting the centre of gravity of the arts of Africa discourse.

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