Nicola Cloete

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Nicola Cloete, PhD, is a member of staff in the History of Art, Heritage Studies & Contemporary Curatorial Practice Department in the Wits School of Arts, Wits University. She is the recipient of the 2011 Harvard South Africa Fellowship, 2013 Brown University International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) funding grant and two Andrew W. Mellon research grants (2016 & 2019). She is a member of the African Studies journal editorial board and professional bodies including South African Visual Art Historians (SAVAH), the Association of Critical Heritage studies (ACHS), and Memory Studies Association (MSA). She is the author of Digestible Memories in South Africa’s Recent Past: processing the Slave Lodge Museum and the Memorial to the Enslaved and The Politics of Unspeakability in Yvette Christiansë's Unconfessed. Cloete is currently working on a book project about slavery, race and nation in South Africa.


Publications Below are some of my recent publications. Book chapters Nicola Cloete (2022). “I love, you fear, we leave” – the representations of emotion and migrancy in the work of Berni Searle. In The Figure of the Migrant and Representations of Migration in the Arts and Literature. Edited by Rédouane Abouddahab and Siobhan Brownlie Brenner, Joni. & Cloete, Nicola (2017). FVPA, Stuart Hall and the labour of transformation. In R. Osman & D. Hornsby (eds) Transforming Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: towards a socially just pedagogy in a Global Context. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Pp119—136 Nicola Cloete and Sara Matchett. (2015) 'Performativities as Activism: the case for the synergetic potential between online and embodied activism in addressing gender-based violence and rape culture', in African Theatre 14: Contemporary Women, published by James Currey, Boydell & Brewer Peer review articles Nicola Cloete (2022). Memories of Indenture: An analysis of representations of indentured labour at the Aapravasi Ghat and the 1860 Heritage Centre. (Under review Memory Studies journal) Nicola Cloete (2021) Digestible Memories: Processing the Slave Lodge and the Memorial to the Enslaved. International Journal of Heritage Studies Nicola Cloete (2017) The Politics of Unspeakability in Yvette Christiansë’s Unconfessed in SAHJ, South African Historical Journal. South African Historical Journal Vol. 69:1, 70-81, DOI: 10.1080/02582473.2016.1259349 Nicola Cloete and Catherine Duncan. (2016) Negotiating Success: Student Discourses of Successful Identities in Perspective in Education journal, Vol. 34, Iss. 2, 2016-11-18 ISSN 02582236 online Nicola Cloete, Nandita Dinesh, Sara Matchett, Rand T. Hazou. (2015) E(Lab)orating Performance: Transnationalism and Blended Learning in the Theatre Classroom in Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, Vol. 20 Iss. 4, ISSN 1356-9783 Print / ISSN1470-112X online Nicola Cloete. (2011) “Gendering Performance in At her Feet” South African Theatre Journal Vol. 25 Iss. 1, 2011 ISSN 1013-7548 print/ISSN 2163-7660 online


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Granite Block, part of the Memorial to the Enslaved, Church Square Cape Town South Africa. The memorial is a collaborative work made by artists Gavin Young and Wilma Cruise and comprises 11 granite blocks of varying height (between 30 and 80 centimetres high) that are distributed as a grid on Church Square (Photograph by Nicola Cloete)