|News and Awards|
|Written by Tomaselli, Keyan|
The news bulletin is usually managed by Prof Keyan Tomaselli, and he is
consistent in sending our news and information about his CCMS
colleagues, CCMS students and CCMS graduates. It is rare, however, that
he provides any information on his own work and achievements.
Tomaselli has been on sabbatical leave this semester, so I am therefore
going to take the opportunity of updating recipients on Tomaselli's
achievements this year, and on some student activities.
UKZN's Top 30 Researchers for 2005
Tomaselli is once again located in this August list of the UKZN top 30.
In 2004 he was ranked UKZN's fourth most prolific researcher. This
Award has been earned by Tomaselli on a number of occasions, and is
testament to the extraordinary research capacity that he has built up in
the Faculty over two decades years, to which many of his students have
contributed. The grant awarded will be again used by Tomaselli to
employ research assistants to work on the various research projects
being managed by him in the areas of media, cultural tourism, and public
New book: Encountering Modernity: Twentieth Century Cinemas in South
Africa, authored by Keyan Tomaselli. Rozenberg Publishers/SAVUSA,
Amsterdam & UNISA Press, Pretoria, 2006.
Tomaselli travels to Amsterdam this week to launch his new book. The
"A book describing the history of South African cinemas can never be
about cinemas only, for the subject will always be intimately
intertwined with its context, in this case 20th century South Africa.
Keyan Tomaselli, one of the founders of cultural studies in South
Africa, explores in this book how South African cinemas and films have
been decidedly shaped by the country's history. In turn, films have
inspired their makers and audiences to understand, and come to terms
with, the complex phenomenon of modernity.
Discussing film theory, narratives, audiences and key South African
films and filmmakers, Tomaselli aptly demonstrates that the time has
come to adapt a more 'African' view on South African cinemas, since
western theories and models cannot automatically be applied to an
Far from shying away from the personal, Tomaselli gives a conscientious
and telling account of how his own experiences as a film maker, a
cultural studies scholar, and a South African, have inevitably
influenced his academic viewpoints and analysis."
Tomaselli says he's like to thank Diedre Donnelly and Lauren Dyll
especially for their research and editing assistance on the book over
the past two and a half years. Lauren is currently studying for her
PhD, and Diedre took up a post with Country Life, and is presently
working on Oprah's magazine in Cape Town. The book has one co-authored
chapter with the late Arnold Shepperson. This is the second of his
books in the SAVUSA Series. The first title which launched the series,
also published by Keyan, was published in November 2005, also in
Amsterdam (Where Global Contradictions are Sharpest: Research Stories
from the Kalahari")
Keynote and Plenary Conference Addresses
Keynote Addresses and presentations at influential conferences and
meetings have been invited from Tomaselli since July from organisations
in London (media studies), The Hague (public health communication),
Sardinia (film festival jury), Rhodes University (cyberdemocracy),
Australia (film and history), Stellenbosch (African media studies), and
Johannesburg (documentary film). The presence of CCMS staff (and
sometimes students) at these meetings always positively raises the
profile of UKZN and of those associated with these projects.
Critical and Indigenous Methodologies
My congratulations to Tomaselli, Lauren Dyll and Mick Francis on their
contribution, "Self and Other: Auto, Reflexive and Indigenous
Ethnography" In Denzin, N. et al. (eds.) The Handbook of Critical and
Indigenous Methodologies. London: Sage. The prestige of being
invited to contribute to this series cannot be overstated: only the
world's top scholars are invited to contribute to this social science
series. Their chapter arises directly out of the 12 years of research
that Tomaselli and over 70 graduate students (especially Lauren and
Mick) have conducted in the Kalahari and the Drakensberg since 1995.
Memories of Modernity
In June I traveled with Natalie Emslie and Alison Copley to Sweden
where we participated in the first phase of a two year collaborative
project with the University of Malmo, Memories of Modernity. We then
participated in a development media seminar a the Nordic-African Studies
Centre Upsala, where the University there was established in 986AD. The
second phase of this project occurs in Durban in November, where a
number of CCMS students will participate with their peers from Sweden.
The project is being organized at UKZN with the cente for Creative Arts
and the department Art History and Fine Arts in PMB. Natalie is
coordinating the project in Durban, while Alison and Chrs Logie are
currently studying on an exchange at the University of Oslo. Brilliant
Mhlanga was the first CCMS student to study in Oslo, during the first
semester of 2006.
Other Conferences and events
A report on the SA COmmunication Association conference has aready been
circulated. Ali Abdi Seid was a delegate at the Highway Africa
Conference at Rhodes University in early September. Mary Lange and
Laren Dyll took a group of Bechet Secondary School puplis to then UK, as
part of the ARROW outreach Project. There they painted the Desmond Tutu
Memorial Wall at the University College of St Mark and St John