Charles J. Fourie is a multi-award-winning writer and director working cross the genres of performance arts, television and film. Fourie staged his first play as a drama student at the Windybrow Theatre in 1985, and went on to receive the Henk Wybenga bursary. Since the early 90’s he has written and staged over 60 critically acclaimed theater plays in South Africa, the United Kingdom and USA. For radio he has written several radio-dramas broadcasted on the SABC and BBC (UK). In 2016 he was a recipient of the South African Academy of Science and Arts Medal of Honor. His play The Lighthouse Keeper's Wife is currently a set work for Grade 10 learners in South Africa. More recently he created two documentary films around the healing power of herbs and foraging as a food source. His latest project as part of his JIAS fellowship is focused on the research and development of performance narratives involving artificial intelligence, and the adaptation into Afrikaans of the 1920’s Czech science fiction play R.U.R.
Victor Peterson II's (PhD, King's College London) research centers on Articulation theory--how relations of subordination and dominance emerge--as well as global conceptions of blackness and the sound of social movements. His monograph, Black Thought: a Theory of Articulation, is currently under contract with Routledge's African and African Diaspora Series. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he has also published peer-reviewed articles in The Journal of Black Studies, The CLR James Journal, and others. He teaches at The New School and New York University.
Janeke Thumbran is a lecturer in the History Department at Rhodes University. She has a PhD in African History from the University of Minnesota. Her monograph, “From Stellenbosch to Pretoria: (Re)-Locating the ‘Coloured Question’ (1932-1990)” examines how the apartheid state relied on the disciplines of social work and sociology to cement racial categories, particularly the ‘coloured’ category. Janeke will be working her monograph during her stay at JIAS.
Bongani Madondo is a writer, public arts producer, and filmmaker. He has over 25 years experience as a journalist (columnist, profile writer, features, section head, and media trainer). Madondo’s scholarly concerns intersect within, and between The Dialectical (Dis) Harmony Between Liberal Philosophy, and Radical Humanism, Digital Identity Construction, Performance Arts Photography Theory, and his coinage “Raw-Kin-Roll as Part of indieGenius Healing Systems.”
He has been the recipient of writing/research fellowships at the Katzen Centre for the Arts at the American University, Washington DC, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, and the ICA (University of Cape Town) Live Arts. One of his three books “Sigh, the Beloved Country” has been long/short listed for several awards including Humanities and Social Sciences, as we as the UJ Literary Award.
Madondo’s monographs on Photography, The Politics of Style, African Roots of Punk, have appeared in publications such as Haus Kunst der Welt, and MoMa (Warsaw)’s Geographies of Collaboration, Transition, Aperture, and the Berlin Biennale. He is currently exploring the history of Dolly Rathebe in Photography, and in Motion Picture”, for a project: “The Woman Who Invented BlackIs Beautiful.”
Primarily, and ultimately, I’m a storyteller (a student of story sharing), working in migratory modes of fireplaces. around the world. Madondo in an interview with Radio France International
Mphuthumi Ntabeni's debut novel, the Broken River Tent, won the University of Johannesburg Debut Prize 2019. He's trained in built environment, reads literature, history and philosophy. He frequently writes for different national and international publications. He’s a frequent contributor in particular to the NLSA (Bulletin of the National Library of South Africa). Ntabeni also maintains a column in a South African national catholic weekly newspaper, The Southern Cross. He would like to us the JIAS period to write a draft for Book II (The Marked Men) of historical novel planned trilogy (The River People). In its entirety the trilogy aims to look into the history of amaXhosana through the prisms of: War, Spirituality and Politics. The Broken River Tent was the first installment of the trilogy that looked into the Frontier Wars of the 19th and 20th century through life of the Xhosa chief nkosi Maqoma.
Sylvia Croese is an urban sociologist and senior researcher based at the South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning at the School of Architecture and Planning of the University of the Witwatersrand. She works on urban politics, policy and governance through the lens of housing, land, urban infrastructure, mobility and knowledge co-production, on which she has published widely, including two edited books. Her time at JIAS will be dedicated to developing her first single authored book project, building on her extensive research on the dynamics of local power, city governance, citizenship and popular politics in post-war urban Angola.
Paul Emmanuel is a renowned contemporary visual artist best known for his prints, drawings and installations.
During his JIAS Fellowship, he will produce a text-based video artwork titled Rising-falling (2021). In this video artwork, he will publicly project one of his existing videos, Remember-dismember (2015) onto the pedestal of an equestrian monument to General Louis Botha.
Rising-falling will extend his interest in how a society remembers its history and how changes in this memory can result in a dismembering of identity. It will explore the symbolism, text and narratives of a monument that continues to use colonial idioms to transmit a distorted perspective of South Africa’s history.
Rising-falling will premiere on his solo exhibition titled Substance of shadows at The University of Johannesburg Art Gallery in September 2021.