Critical Arts

This cultural studies journal focuses on international regional issues, including future plans to cover the Indian Ocean Rim and Aboriginal issues.

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 2, June

Biopolitical Production, the Common, and a Happy Ending: On Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri's Commonwealth
Abstract Looking back at the turn of the millennium, the emergence of the new social and political movements that were commonly identified with the labels 'anti-' or 'alter'-globalisation was no doubt among the central events in radical politics...
Breaking the Frame: Cultural Motivation in the Production of an Online Artwork-The Case of BoyBlack
Abstract This article explores the agency of independent cultural producers in new media spaces, though a specific case study: BoyBlack.co.za, an artwork created by two young South Africans in 2003. This site is self-described by its creators as...
Envisioning Ancestors: Staging of Khoe-San Authenticity in South Africa
Abstract This article examines the operation of primordialist cultural stereotypes and their impact, particularly on the self-representations of Khoe-San people. The operation of these stereotypes is demonstrated by means of a study of a series...
Horror and Likeness: The Quest for the Self and the Imagining of the Other in the Sheltering Sky
Abstract This article analyses Bernardo Bertolucci's 1990 film The sheltering sky, an adaptation of a novel of the same title by the American author Paul Bowles. The story revolves around an American couple, Port and Kit Moresby, who embark on an...
'Just Give Us the Bones!': Theatres of African Diasporic Returns
Abstract Repatriations of dead African bodies, ritualistic reburials, and commemorative practices of remembering bodies elaborate African practices of cultural memory and collective identification. The repatriations of the bodily remains of Sarah...
Material Matters: Stories of Learning Technology Transfer
Abstract The Kinkajou microfilm projector and the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project are socio-technological schemes designed to support students in developing countries. This article discusses the disjuncture between the aspirations of the engineers...
Painting Our Portraits: The State of Contemporary San Art in South Africa and Its Development Potential, Using !Xun and Khwe Art as a Case Study
Abstract This research presents an overview of the state of San art in South Africa, using The !Xun and Khwe Art Project as a case study. Issues relating to primitivity, representation and the San's encounter with modernity are integrated into an...
Photojournalism, Media Freedom and Democracy
In the teeming Negro and colored shantytowns of Johannesburg, where newspapers and magazines are a rarity, a truck piled high with magazines rumbled through the unpaved streets last week. Wherever it stopped, hundreds of people swarmed about it, buying...
Reliving Genocide: The Work of Kurdish Genocide Victims in the Court of Justice
Introduction Victims play a crucial but ambivalent role in genocide trials: their testimony can contribute to the prosecution of indicted war criminals, but the price they pay is that of 'reliving' the genocide attack. As every detail could be crucial...
Revolutionary Cuban Culture in Review: Theories, Tensions, Triumphs, and the Struggle for Universal Social Change
Abstract The article, in essence, reconsiders revolutionary Cuban cultural policy, focusing on what many have come to perceive as a highly contested issue: the revolution's theoretical perception and practical decree in terms of 'expressive freedoms'....
The Future of Communication and Media Studies: We Can Drop Our Tools
Abstract This article focuses on the future of communication and media studies in South Africa. As such, it appeals to fragments of pasts and presents. It makes specific reference to two recent projects in the now popular work of scenario building....
The Global-Local Nexus: Popular Music Studies and the Case of Rastafari Culture in West Africa
Abstract Although the importance of African music has always been recognised, the number of ethnographically oriented popular music studies has remained quite modest on this continent. For this reason, the contribution applies ethnographic directives...
The Riches of Embarrassment
Two newspaper articles caught my eye the last couple of months. In the first, leftie photo-journalist Paul Alberts tells of the unanticipated and disturbing rapport between him and Eugene Terre'Blanche (aka ET). After doing a week-in-the-life-of photo...

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