Tag Archives: borrowing history

The Lives of Objects

Oxford Centre for Life Writing | 20 – 22 September 2013 | Archive and Public Culture gazette. …Stories, like objects, have contours and patterns. And certain objects might allow us to tell stories that are shaped more irregularly and are more … Continue reading

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Imagining the Cape Colony

Review of David Johnson, Imagining the Cape Colony: History, Literature and the South African Nation (UCT Press, Cape Town, 2012). Historia 58 | May 2013.   Imagining the Cape Colony is a slim but dense work which examines how this part of … Continue reading

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The Loss Library

Public Books | 6 March 2013. Original (longer) version with side-text and pictures of dolosse [PDF].

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Unpacking whose library? Borrowing history in the postcolony

Paper presented at Silence in the Post-World: Literature, Culture and Reimagining of Geography – A One-Day Symposium| Freie Universität Berlin | Friday 15 June 2012. Abstract. I am unpacking my library.  Yes, I am. Walter Benjamin. …Today a memorial by … Continue reading

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How to change your view of Africa | Chimurenga in the FT

Simon Kuper in the Financial Times | 27 January 2012. I once had coffee in Cape Town with a Cameroonian named Ntone Edjabe. He ran an English-language journal called Chimurenga, but what I remembered from our chat were his vignettes … Continue reading

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