Tag Archives: academy

The Sound of Islay

Introducing the Bodley Head / FT essay competition. Financial Times | 11 November 2016. 1. Just before I turned 30 I was homeless for a while. Homeless is the wrong word, an exaggeration. But I was in Edinburgh with little money … Continue reading

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Literatures of Betrayal

Risk, collaboration and collapse in post-TRC narrative. The Eleventh International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies ‘Literary Journalism: Telling the Untold Stories’. Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande so Sul. Porto Alegre, Brazil, 19-21 May 2016. The TRC’s purpose was not … Continue reading

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The True Confessions of a First Year Convenor

Curriculum change: problems and possibilities.  Third Space Symposium: Decolonisation and the Creative Arts. ICA | Hiddingh Hall, University of Cape Town | 13-14 May 2016. Institute for Creative Arts and Black Academic Caucus “seize the decolonial nettle.” Italo Calvino, Why … Continue reading

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A Useless Life

Literary biography and the limits of ‘research’. Visions of Tsafendas | Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies Volume 16, Issue 4, 2015. Research seminar, research cluster, research output. The word is almost a fetish within the contemporary academy—but … Continue reading

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About a Mountain

Fragments from a walking residency across the Cape Peninsula. Three images from our walking residency, 6-12 December 2015. The first is the official prompt for this exercise (me and Meghna at Smitswinkel Camp). The second is one I asked Barry … Continue reading

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 A public lecture series transformed into a beautiful book. Relocations: Reading Culture in South Africa | University of Cape Town Press | 2015. Edited by Imraan Coovadia, Alex Dodd and Coilin Parsons. With essays and reflections by Gabeba Baderoon, André Brink, Imraan … Continue reading

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Unusable Pasts

Life-writing, literary non-fiction and the case of Demetrios Tsafendas. Research in African Literatures | 46:3 (2015). This is just a glimpse of my Experiences in an Abnormal World.  I intend writing a Book if I ever have the opportunity, but … Continue reading

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