Visiting Ford Fellow, 2006-2007
Nthabiseng Motsemme is a Ford Foundation fellow
completing her PhD at the University of South Africa on
Intergenerational experiences of Violence and Violation, bodies for
Healing amongst mothers and daughters in Chesterville Township,
KwaZulu-Natal [South Africa]. Her study is an investigation of the
lifeworlds of mothers who bear children, endure and survive political
repression, and daughters who embody these memories of the past, but
must negotiate their own particular alternative experiences in a time of
democracy and AIDS. In drawing us to the lived worlds of these women in
urban ghettoes, Motsemme wants us to understand how these women
conceptualize violation and ultimately healing for themselves.
During her time at the Center she will be
conducting further research for her PhD, presenting and participating in
seminars at the center, as well as the Womens and Gender Studies and
African and Black Diaspora Studies programs.
Nthabisengs general research interests include
Womanist and Black Feminist theory, as well as Cultural theories. She
has published on issues focusing on gender and memory at the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission [TRC]; and identities in transition after the
death of political apartheid. Some of her publications include:
Motsemme, N. Loving in a time of hopelessness:
On township womens subjectivities in a time of HIV/AIDS." Chapter
contribution for book volume entitled: Basus imbokodo Bawel imilambo: Women making history in South Africa. A Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Project (in press).
Motsemme, N (2004) The meanings of silence in Rhodes Journalism Review, Vol 24.
Motsemme, N (2004) The mute always Speak: On womens silences at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Current Sociology, Vol. 52 (3), 909-932.
Motsemme, N (2003) Distinguishing beauty, creating distinctions: The politics and poetics of dress among Black women in Agenda, Vol. 57, 12-18.
Motsemme, N (2003) Black Womens Identities, in K. Ratele and N. Duncan (eds.) Social Psychology: Identities and Relationships (Cape Town: UCT.)
Dr. Angela WinandVisiting Faculty, 2003-2004
Angela Winand received her Ph.D. in American Culture from the
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her dissertation entitled, Weighed
Upon a Scale: African-American Women, Class and Consumer Culture in New
Orleans and Washington, D.C., 1880-1950, is a study of the activist and
literary careers and published short stories of Alice Dunbar-Nelson,
Mary Church Terrell's autobiography and a reading of the diary of Nellie
DeSpelder, a university professor. It is a study in issues of class and
visual representation of Black middle-class women in contrast to that
of Black working-class women. Dr. Winand's research and teaching
interests include African-American women's biography and autobiography,
African-American cultural history, and constructions of Black women's
sexuality in film. During this year, she is working on external grant
development for Center activities, and during the winter and spring
quarters, she will be teaching courses in the history and women's and
gender studies programs.
Dr. Ivor MillerVisiting Professor, 2002-2004
Ivor Miller is a cultural historian specializing in the African
Diaspora in the Caribbean and the Americas. His forthcoming book,
Aerosol Kingdom : The Subway Painters of New York City(UP of
Mississippi , 2002), is based on his M.A. thesis in African-American
Studies at Yale University . This work documents and interprets the
creation of Hip Hop culture in New York City from its beginnings in the
late 1960s till the present, focusing on the Afro-Caribbean and
African-American contributions resulting from 20th-century migrations.
Based on interviews with major painters and musicians of this movement
over a period of 14 years, this book examines issues such as the
creation of multi-ethnic, racial and gender cultural practices; naming
traditions; the train as metaphor in the African Diaspora; the
subversion and re-invention of language; cooptation by and resistance to
big business; the global expansion of hip hop; and the tensions of race
and class conflict in this movement.
Over the past ten years, Miller has conducted field research in Cuba.
His doctoral dissertation (Northwestern, 1995) examines the
Yorb-derived Santera religion of Cuba, focusing particularly on the
status of African-derived religions, cultural traditions, and identities
in Cuban history, particularly during the post 1958 Revolution. In 1997
Miller collaborated with Dr. Wande Abimbola, the awise (spokeperson for
babalawos) of Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and former president of the University
of Ile-Ife, on a book comparing Yorb traditional religion, culture and
language in Nigeria with that of its derivatives in Brazil, Trinidad,
Cuba and the U.S.A (If Will Mend Our Broken World: Thoughts on Yorb
Culture in West Africa and the Diaspora).
Miller's current project documents the little-known history of the
Cuban Abaku, a mutual-aid society derived from the Cross River region
of Nigeria. Working in collaboration with Abaku elders, he has
documented the foundation of the society in the 19th century, and its
continual role as symbol of Cuban national culture.