30 April 2019

Opportunity Description

Arts of Africa and Global Souths research programme

Rhodes University, Makhanda, South Africa

The Arts of Africa and the Global Souths* research programme invites scholarly writers working in the visual arts to apply for a Writer’s Residency hosted by Rhodes University in Makhanda, South Africa. Priority will be given to scholarly writers based on the African continent or within the global south. Writers will be part of a research team that consists of research staff, postdoctoral fellows, postgraduate students, and visiting artists, and will be expected to engage with this scholarly community.

They will be in residence for two months during 2019 and will be expected to produce a publication
(such as an article, book chapter or exhibition catalogue text) that is relevant to the work of the
research team. Please see www.ru.ac.za/artsofafrica for further information on the research


Accommodation, flight, a per diem and limited research costs will be provided. Additional costs for
any applicable permits or visas will be covered by the writer. A letter of invitation will be provided for the required visa application.

  • The Arts of Africa and the Global Souths programme consists of the NRF SARChI Chair in Geopolitics and the Arts of Africa and the Mellon PROSPA programme – Publishing and Research of the South: Positioning Africa.
  • The RAW residency programme was founded in 2014, and the current residencies are funded by the Andrew W, Mellon foundation.
  • Please note that the emphasis is on scholarly publishing in the visual arts and does not include writing for newspapers or online blogs.

How to Apply

Please send the following information to s.kabwato@ru.ac.za:

  • A comprehensive  CV including a list of previous publications.
  • A proposed publication that you will work on during the residency including an abstract, a basic outline of the work and an indication of how far this project currently is
  • A sample of relevant published work.
  • A proposed publishing platform** such as a journal, edited book or catalogue (please be specific).
  • A copy of your ID document or passport.
  • Proposed months of the residency.

For further information, please email the PROSPA Administrator and Research Coordinator, Shirley Kabwato (s.kabwato@ru.ac.za) or the SARChI Research Chair Ruth Simbao (r.simbao@ru.ac.za).