HISTORY OF ART

NRF GRANTHOLDER-LINKED BURSARIES

(2014-2016)

Professor Anitra Nettleton and Dr Justine Wintjes are offering several National Research Foundation (NRF) project-linked bursaries available from July 2014. Prospective candidates are encouraged to apply simultaneously for the Postgraduate Merit Award. These bursaries are available for South African citizens or permanent residents (up to 60 years of age). Exceptional international applicants may be considered. The two projects are:

Histories and Futures of Beadwork in South Africa

Beadwork is one of the major aesthetic expressions of women in the South African art- and culture-historical landscape. It is rarely exhibited and researched, often being relegated to the realm of ‘craft’. The aim of this research is both to recuperate this form of women’s art from its neglect, and to unpack its history as an important signifier in political, religious and social contexts. It aims to transcend the simple categorization of beadwork according to either ethnic or regional origins, or according to oversimplified use-categories, by establishing secure historical and social contexts in which the development of particular designs, techniques and uses of beadwork can be studied. Students will be expected to register to research one of the many possible areas of beadworking as an aesthetic-cultural practice for this project. For the July 2014 intake, the following bursaries are available:

  • Masters (by dissertation) bursary to the value of R40,000 per annum
  • 2- to 3-year full-time doctoral bursary to the value of R60,000 per annum
  • other Honours, Masters and PhD bursaries may become available from January 2015 (watch this space!)

The Frobenius Archive in the southern African Landscape

Between 1928 and 1930, the German ethnographer Leo Frobenius led a research expedition to southern Africa. The results of this expedition form a rich yet under-researched archive housed at the Frobenius Institute in Frankfurt, comprising numerous hand-written documents, photographs, sketches and painted copies on African material culture, in archaeological as well as living contexts. The aim of the project is to research the archival materials associated with twenty rock-art sites in the Maloti-Drakensberg region (Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa), and Great Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe). The research will contribute to histories of research, create site-specific archives and digitally reconstruct the sites from the archive. Students working on the project will be expected to participate in archival research, databasing, fieldwork and visualisation related to the overarching aims of the project, and develop his/her thesis topic in relation to these activities. For the July 2014 intake, the following bursaries are available:

  • 2- to 3-year full-time doctoral bursary to the value of R60,000 per annum
  • other Honours, Masters and PhD bursaries may become available from January 2015 (watch this space!)

 

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For more information on the projects, contact:

Prof Anitra Nettleton (Histories and Futures of Beadwork in South Africa)

Telephone: +27 (0)11 717 1368

Email: anitra.nettleton@wits.ac.za

 

Dr Justine Wintjes (Frobenius Archive)

Telephone: +27 (0)11 717 4610

Email: justine.wintjes@wits.ac.za  

 

For administrative enquiries, contact the Postgraduate Administrative Officer:

Sao Mendes 

Telephone: +27 (0)11 717 4617

Email: sao.mendes@wits.ac.za