Tag Archives: environmental humanities

Half-lives, Half-truths

Svetlana Alexievich and the nuclear imagination. Reflecting on Voices from Chernobyl for the South Africa PEN essay series. 18 August 2016. In my twenties I worked for a while as an usher at a small cinema in Edinburgh. My job was to tear … Continue reading

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Kingdom of Rain

An interview with Rustum Kozain. The following conversation took place on 31 July 2015 at Rustum Kozain’s flat in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town. Prior to my arrival, Rustum had prepared a chicken balti with cabbage according to a recipe from Birmingham, … Continue reading

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Xolobeni and the Violence of ‘Development’

Screening and panel discussion hosted by Environmental Humanities South. For over a decade, members of the Amadiba community in Xolobeni have expressed their opposition to mining titanium on the sand dunes of Pondoland, on the Wild Coast of South Africa. … Continue reading

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Negative Spaces

A visit to a deconstruction site. Diary, Financial Times, 15 April 2016. [PDF] Deconstruction: a notoriously hard-to-define mode of textual analysis associated with the French philosopher Jacques Derrida, distantly descended (my Dictionary of Critical Theory tells me) from Friedrich Nietzsche’s dictum … Continue reading

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Nuclear Summer

A walk through South Africa’s nuclear pasts and futures. Power Trip: Where will Zuma’s nuclear dreams take us? Sunday Times, 7 Feb 2016 | Photographs by Neil Overy (above) and Barry Christianson. Recently I took part in a “walking residency”, making … Continue reading

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Confession of the Lioness

A radical call for change framed in semi-traditional forms. In April of this year, the poet and novelist Mia Couto wrote an open letter to the president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma. “We remember you in Maputo,” it began, “from … Continue reading

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An Unnatural History pt.2

An eccentric, dream-like meditation on the lives and deaths of animals. Review of Green Lion by Henrietta Rose-Innes (Umuzi, 2015). Sunday Times, 9 May 2015. Longer version at Books Live. Now that Cecil Rhodes has been toppled from his plinth and trucked away … Continue reading

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