Arts of Africa and the Global South is an interdisciplinary research programme that focuses on the ways in which scholarly and artistic production that engages with the cultural, social and political pulse of contemporary societies can reshape structures of knowledge, power and social space as acts of decoloniality. Initiating, formulating and driving knowledge from the African continent and the global South, this research programme works with collaborators to situate the South at the forefront of contemporary scholarship and shift the centre of gravity of the global academy.
The research programme comprises the following:
∙ Publishing and Research of the South: Positioning Africa Mellon programme
∙ The Art POWA network
∙ Geopolitics and the Arts of Africa National Research Foundation SARChI programme
The academic home of Arts of Africa and the Global South is the Fine Art Department at Rhodes University in South Africa. Participants include the Research Chair, Research Associates, Postdoctoral Fellows, Postgraduate Students, Resident Artists, Resident Writers, Visitors and Collaborators.
Our core goals are:
∙ To produce original, high quality research in the form of publications, exhibitions, performances and interventions
∙ To contribute to new modes of knowledge-production that are steered from the South and impact local and global artworlds, cultural sectors and societies
∙ To grow research capacity through a co-operative research culture that builds collaborations with scholars predominantly on the African continent and in the global South
∙ To foster a culture of academic sharing and cooperation by working on related topics and by developing non-hierarchical forms of ‘sideways learning’ and ways of ‘unlearning’
∙ To engage with society by addressing pertinent social, political and economic concerns in South Africa, Africa and the global South