The APC celebrates the publication of Duane Jethro’s new book, Heritage Formation and the Senses in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Aesthetics of Power (Bloomsbury, 2019). The book manuscript was one of the outcomes of Jethro’s APC post-doctoral fellowship. In this book, Jethro creates a framework for understanding the role of the senses in processes of heritage formation.
Recent doctoral graduate, Dr Erica de Greef has published an evocative visual essay in a timely publication that explores the complex intersections of dress and power, individualism and nationalism, and surveillance and activism in Fashion and Politics (2019), edited by Dr Djurdja Bartlett of the London College of Fashion. It presents a variety of historical and current contexts, from public and personal archives to fashion magazines, political dailies and social media, to acknowledge and assess fashion’s ambivalence within political, social and aesthetic moral systems.
New phenomena, trends, and concepts are created everyday – many drawing on older knowledges and ideas and modifying them, blending them into some new configuration. Some are entirely new ideas. All of them are articulated through words. However, the imbalance of privilege and power afforded to some languages today, having come out of histories of colonialism, conquest, and political upheavals, has left certain languages more venerated than others regarding the production of knowledge, perceived linguistic malleability, and perceived intelligibility. This often leaves some languages thought of as having ‘more to prove’ in order to be taken as seriously as others in academia, in media, and in the everyday, despite the incredible intellectual work taking place within those languages.
The APC's second research development workshop of 2019 took place from 30 October to 1 November at UCT. As customary, it was an intense three days of engaging discussion and critical thinking on pre-circulated work-in-progress across disciplines and academic expertise. A number of new students and associates participated in this workshop, imbuing it with fresh perspectives and ideas.