Visual Controversies in South Africa, Past and Present

Stellenbosch University

In this course,we will track major developments and changes in South African art and media during the Apartheid era (1948-1994) and after (1994-present). The point of this broad historical perspective is not so much to provide a condensed history of South African art and media, as it is to explore the relationship between South Africa’s turbulent socio-political landscape and its visual culture. In particular, we aim to explore the notion of collective national identities as they manifested and still manifest in art and visual culture. The course deals with the concurrent rise of English, Afrikaner and African nationalism in the early 20th century, and the role of visual culture in the construction of these competing identities. The lecture series also deals with the years of the ‘struggle’, when the dominant white construct of nation came into conflict with the rising tide of militant African nationalist aspiratio nwhich culminated in Afropolitanism. The series finally looks at ‘new’ South African nationalism, and the often conflicted art and media it produces.


Location Stellenbosch, South Africa
Period 29 Jun 2019 - 9 Jul 2019
Level Bachelor / Undergraduate
Credits 2.0 US Credits
Program fee 28,550 ZAR
Accommodation fee Included in program fee
Fee extra info:
These are the Early Bird Fees, valid till 1 March 2019.
Application deadline 7 April 2019
Entry requirements:
Minimum GPA Requirement of 2.8. This program in offered at an undergraduate level, but graduate students are also welcome.

Contact information & application:

Werner de Wit (Coordinator: Summer Schools & Short Programmes)
Phone: +27 21 808 9002

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