Gabeba Baderoon is the author of Regarding Muslims: From Slavery to Post-apartheid (awarded the 2017 National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences Best Non-fiction Monograph Award) and the poetry collections The Dream in the Next Body and A Hundred Silences. She is a Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, a member of the editorial board of the African Poetry Book Fund, and an Extraordinary Professor of English at Stellenbosch University. Baderoon is an Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and African Studies at Pennsylvania State University, where she co-directs the African Feminist Initiative with Alicia Decker.
Kurt Campbell works as an artist, typographer, curator and academic writer. He is Senior Lecturer at Michaelis School of Fine Arts, University of Cape Town. Recent writing projects have been published in the European Journal of English Studies and Harvard University’s Transition. The conceptual frameworks of his visual research often engage the post-apartheid, post-colonial space of aesthetic ideation in South Africa. Solo exhibitions that reflect these concerns include Night Fighter (2014) and Boxing Ghosts (2015). These creative projects focused on historical interpretation through exhibition making, and on the productive possibilities that early pugilists from Cape Town offer in thinking the limits of racial subjectivity and self-craft in contemporary society. Campbell’s PhD was completed at the Centre for Humanities Research (NRF Flagship on Critical Thought in African Humanities) at the University of the Western Cape. This thesis positions the writing of the blinded champion boxer Andrew Jeptha as an important contribution to Postcolonial and Disability Studies. Campbell has been awarded the prestigious Mandela Fellowship to Harvard University for 2017.
Lindelwa Dalamba teaches music history in the University of the Witwatersrand School of Arts’ Music Division. She completed her undergraduate education at Rhodes University, continued her postgraduate education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and read for her PhD in Historical Musicology at the University of Cambridge. She is a historian of South African jazz, focussing on its career in South Africa and in exile during apartheid, and has published on these topics in SAMUS: South African Music Studies, Safundi: the Journal of South African and American Studies, Anthropology Southern Africa and The World of Music (new series). Her current research, funded by the National Research Foundation, explores Todd Matshikiza’s literary, historical and musical worlds.
Heidi Grunebaum is a writer and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, where she convenes the research platform on Aesthetics and Politics. She works on social, civil and aesthetic responses to war and mass violence, the politics of memory and psycho-geographies of displacement in South Africa, Germany and Palestine/Israel. She is author of Memorializing the Past: Everyday Life in South Africa after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2011). With Emile Maurice she co-edited Uncontained: Opening the Community Arts Project Archive (2012) for the exhibition of the same name. She made the documentary film The Village Under the Forest (2013) with Mark J Kaplan, which was awarded Best South African Documentary Film at Encounters International Documentary Film Festival. She is currently working on a project on the arts of complicity and on pre-production for a second film.
Premesh Lalu is Professor of History and the Director of the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape. He has published widely in academic journals on historical discourse and the Humanities in Africa and is a regular contributor of public opinion pieces in local and international newspapers. His book, The Deaths of Hintsa: Postapartheid South Africa and the Shape of Recurring Pasts (2009), argues that in order to forge a concept of apartheid that allows us to properly formulate a deeper meaning of the post-apartheid, what is necessary is a postcolonial critique of apartheid. He is also co-editor with Maurits van Bever Donker, Ross Truscott and Gary Minkley of Remains of the Social: Desiring the Post-apartheid (Wits University Press, 2017). His current project is titled “The Practice of Post-apartheid Freedom”. Lalu serves on several academic and artistic advisory boards. These include the International Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, the Critical Theory Consortium and Polity Press Critical South book series, and the Handspring Trust for Puppetry in Education.
Michail Rassool, a journalist based in Cape Town, was a researcher-archivist at the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, where he initiated and provided the original mappings for the project “Athlone: Journey of the Sensible” in 2015.
Rassool has worked mainly in journalism, writing (including popular education writing), editing, publishing and communications, having spent his career mostly in NGOs and newspapers (especially the Catholic press). He is currently Sub-Editor (English) at Boland Media, a subsidiary of Media24.