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Ruth Simbao <email@example.com>
Rhodes University, South Africa
|Interests:||African History / Studies
Chinese History / Studies
Ruth Simbao currently runs a National Research Foundation research team and supervises postgraduate students. She received her PhD from Harvard University’s History of Art and Architecture Department, and was an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) postdoctoral fellow. In 2002 she received a Harvard University Teaching Award as a Teaching Fellow, and was the recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award at Rhodes University in 2009. She has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences and has published in various exhibition catalogues and journals including African Arts, Art South Africa, NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, JACANA: Journal of African Culture and New Approaches, Third Text, Kronos: Southern African Histories, Parachute, Mix, Lola, De Arte, Image & Text, Social Dynamics and the International Journal of African Historical Studies. Recent curatorial projects include Consuming Us with Azu Nwagbogu (2016), SLIP: Mbali Khoza and Igshaan Adams (2014), BLIND SPOT (2014), and Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China (2012 and 2013). Her research interests include contemporary art with a particular focus on Africa, the geopolitics of art and society, geopolitics in relation to biennialisation, ‘strategic southernness’ and the Global South, theories of ‘place’, contra-flow diasporas, cosmopolitanism and cosmolocalism, redefinitions of ‘the local’, the power of small spaces and modest gestures, artists’ responses to xenophobia, China-Africa relations and the arts, contemporary cultural festivals and globalisation, performance theory and live art, the performance of heritage in Zambia, and site-situational art.