publications 2017


Sitting pretty: White Afrikaans women in postapartheid South Africa / Christi van der Westhuizen / timely, unflinching analyses on the continuing ways in which white women orientate towards and around power and privilege in post-94 SA / especially powerful for its consideration of shame and ordentlikheid (as a type of ethnicised respectability) / Book at UKZN Press / vd Westhuizen in The Conversation / Henning Melber review in Africa Spectrum / Tanya van Wyk review in HTS

“Afrikaner identity suffers from a double-marked whiteness; first, occupying a suspect position of lesser whiteness in relation to dominant Anglo whiteness and, second, being judged by global whiteness as morally defective because of the Afrikaner ‘invention’ of apartheid, the material advantage that Afrikaners drew from that system and the great human cost of apartheid to black, poor, gender- and sexually non-conforming people and women.” (van der Westhuizen, 2017:193)


Fatal Masculinities: A Queer Look at Green Violence / Scott Burnett & Tommaso M. Milani‘s queer geographic approach to racism enacts a geographic-linguistic analysis – via Fanon – that shows the interconnectedness of gender, race and sexuality in SA anti-poaching discourse / the article’s surfacing of useful terminology, such as green violence, is coupled with explorations of how debate on eco-conservationism is still dominated by (often violently-inflected) white male voices / in a themed section on Critical Geographical Queer Semiotics / ACME international journal for critical geographies, vol 16(3)

“Queer theorists themselves may also be as prone to reproducing colonial or racial hierarchies in their work (see for example critiques of the whiteness of queer theory in Barnard, 1999; and Milani, 2014) and an alloying of the antinormativities of queer and decolonial or antiracist approaches is quite clearly necessary.” (Burnett & Milani, 2017:558)


Blackwashing Homophobia: Violence and the politics of sexuality, gender and race / Melanie Judge deals topically and uncompromisingly with the matrix upholding violence against LGBT South African citizens / even within this vulnerability, Judge shows multiple ways of resistance Book at Routledge / Author pieces for Mail&Guardian / Author interview for BusinessDay / SABC MorningLive interview

“Discourses of homophobia-related violence constitute subjectivities that enact violence and that are rendered vulnerable to it, as well as shaping political possibilities to act against violence.” (Judge, 2017)

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