Closing Date: Wednesday, 1 May 2024
The African Critical Inquiry Programme invites proposals from scholars and/or
practitioners in public cultural institutions in South Africa to organise a workshop to take
place in 2025. The African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) seeks to advance inquiry
and debate about the roles and practice of public culture, public cultural institutions, and
public scholarship in shaping identities and society in Africa.
ACIP Workshops are intended as annual occasions to identify and address
critical themes, fundamental questions, and pressing practical issues concerning public
culture. For instance, Workshops might focus on notions and issues related to publics,
visuality, museums and exhibitions, art, performance, representational forms, or
institutional forms from different methodological, practical, and theoretical vantage
points. They might examine forms and practices of public scholarship and the theories,
histories, and systems of thought that shape and illuminate public culture and public
scholarship. Workshops should encourage comparative, interdisciplinary, and crossinstitutional interchange and reflection that brings into conversation public scholarship in
Africa, creative cultural production, and critical theory. Workshop budgets vary
according to proposed plans; the maximum award is ZAR 75,000.
Applications may be submitted by experienced scholars and cultural practitioners
based in universities, museums, and other cultural organizations in South Africa who
want to create or reinvigorate interdisciplinary, cross-institutional engagement and
understanding and who are committed to training the next generations of scholarpractitioners. Applications may be submitted by a single individual or a pair of
individuals with different institutional affiliations who bring different perspectives,
approaches, or specializations to the proposed Workshop theme.
For full information about this opportunity and how to apply, see the Call for
Proposals listed under “ACIP Opportunities” on our website. Previous ACIP Workshops
are also listed there: http://www.graduateschool.emory.edu/about/special/acip.html.
ACIP is a partnership between the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of
the Western Cape and the Laney Graduate School of Emory University in Atlanta,