publications 2018


Whiteness, Afrikaans, Afrikaners: Addressing post-Apartheid legacies, privileges and burdens / MISTRA / edited collection of papers delivered at MISTRA/FES/NIHSS round-table, including contributions by leading whiteness scholars Melissa Steyn and Christi van der Westhuizen / intriguingly inclusive publication approach, whereby academic work by Steyn, vd Westhuizen, and others, are offset by opinion pieces from pro-white and pro-Afrikaans pundits / Mapungubwe institute / Lebogang Moeketsi review on

“[…] to advance a more inclusive narrative, all conscious efforts have to be made to decentre whiteness through the creation of spaces for marginalised narratives, all of which have an equally justifiable claim to be the centre of historical consciousness.” (Motlanthe, 2018:03)


The boundaries of desire and intimacy in post-apartheid South African queer film: Oliver Hermanus’s Skoonheid / Grant Andrews situates Skoonheid within a view of Afrikaans cinema as politically voiceless, ignorant of racial injustices, and failing to represent queer realites / the article, strikingly, imagines intimacy as impossible for the white male protagonist of Skoonheid / Image & Text site / Image & Text on Sabinet / Image & Text issue 31(1)

“There was never the possibility for genuine intimacy for François; his identity and the boundaries he inhabits make this impossible.” (Andrews, 2018:43)


Explicating Abjection – Historically White Universities creating Natives of Nowhere? / Siseko H Kumalo turns a searing light on coloniality as erasure and negation when considering mutual fallibility as an emancipatory pedagogical tool / of particular value is how Kumalo thinks through abjection and dehumanisation to arrive at productive Black ontologies / Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning vol 6(1)

“Acknowledging the complicities of the university takes the form of confronting how resources were historically modified to privilege certain groups while arresting the development of Others, who become the abject, deficient nonbeing. Focusing on the deficiencies discourse limits the pedagogical scope and leads to a manipulation and controlling of Indigenous Beings, thus supporting the notion that Blackness/Indigeneity exists in white spaces merely to legitimate claims of (de)colonisation.” (Kumalo, 2018:11)


Hip Afrikaners and Neo-tribalism in Post-apartheid South Africa / Theo Sonnekus playfully picks apart certain manifestations of contemporary commodification of Afrikaner identity within capitalist aesthetics / of note is the role consumption plays in this regard, as severely capitalist versions of hipsterism is to used to downplay – or negotiate – the perceived loss of a (ostensibly) previously coherent sense of Afrikaner ethnicity / Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies, issue 31(4)

“Some young Afrikaners therefore assuage their perceptions of
stigmatisation and anomie by integrating into particular neo-tribes, which facilitate a sense of community, collective expression, and symbolic power via consumerism.” (Sonnekus, 2018:19)


#Itmustallfall, or, Pedagogy for a People to Come / Chantelle Gray van Heerden explores the #Rhodesmustfall and #feesmustfall movements in terms of Deleuze-Guattarian faciality – as a ascription process with profound implications and after-effects for the SA tertiary education landscape / the chapter posits a rupturing, material form of becoming as tactic against such faciality / Chapter in Socially Just Pedagogies: Posthumanist, Feminist and Materialist Perspectives in Higher Education (eds. Vivienne Bozalek, Rosi Braidotti, Tamara Shefer and Michalinos Zembylas)

“Structural racism – faciality – has not, as the #Rhodesmustfall and #feesmustfall movements have clearly shown, been eradicated in any meaningful way from our education system.” (Gray van Heerden, 2018: 20)


Discursive cuts; receptive wounds – introduction to Image & Text issue 32(1) on the reception of Inxeba/The Wound / Wemar Strydom’s introduction to this issue consists of five sections: queer oppositionality and public discourse; overview of work on ulwaluko, overview of articles, lexical notes, subject positioning of the scholar within a decolonial frame / Image & Text site / Image & Text on Sabinet / Image & Text issue 32(1) on the reception of Inxeba/The Wound

“There is a specific strain of queer theory seeded in Southern African soil – a permutation that, for its specific geo-affective location, seems all the more lived, more humanistic-centred, more humane.” (Strydom, 2018:01)

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