Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholarships 2017

“Art on my Mind”: Decolonial AestheSis and the Creative Methodologies of South African Women-of-colour.

Dr Sharlene Khan’s research focus on “Art on my Mind”: Decolonial AestheSis and the Creative Methodologies of South African Women-of-colour looks to black-African-postcolonial feminist, critical race and decolonial paradigms that seek to decolonize Western aesthetics in the fields of contemporary visual arts, art history and art writing, particularly as it applies to creative theorization of South African creative practices, reception, scholarship and dissemination. ‘Decolonial aestheSis’, as expounded by Argentine semiotician Walter Mignolo, examines the field of creative cultural production – in this case visual arts and art history - and seeks to decolonize the European colonial-modernist perspectives that defines ‘aestheTics’ in relation to Western ‘high art’ and ‘fine arts’, but also serves to highlight, excavate and visibilise the wealth of creative production form ‘Others’. To this end, these scholarships will pay particular attention to work that seeks to question African art framings, that are in-depth creative theorization on local arts and which examines the creative working methodologies of South African women-of-color visual artists.

  • MA scholarship (two years): R90 000 per annum.
  • PhD scholarship (three years): R 100 000 per annum.
  • Candidates must be resident in Grahamstown for the duration of the fellowship.

Programme Co-Ordinator: Dr Sharlene Khan, School of Fine Art, Rhodes University, Grahamstown

Applicants need to send a brief research proposal of no more than 3 pages (along with a primary and secondary bibliography listing major literary and artistic sources), a CV, academic record and motivation for the study to Dr S. Khan: s.khan@ru.ac.za

Closing Date for Applications: 31 October 2016. Candidates will be shortlisted for a brief interview and must be available to commence study at the Rhodes University School of Fine Art in February 2017. Candidates must be resident in Grahamstown for the duration of the fellowship.

For enquiries contact: s.khan@ru.ac.za

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