Staff Directory

Prof Suzanne Human
Position
Associate Professor
Department
History of Art
Address
MBG C24
History of Art and Image Studies
IB 33
Telephone
051 4012281
Office
C24
Information

Short CV

Academic and professional training

Tertiary career:

  • B. A. (University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa). Cum laude (1979), majoring in: Art History, Philosophy and English
  • B. A.-Hons in Art History (UFS) 1981
  • M. A. in Art History (Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London) 1983. Report title: ‘Het Gulden Cabinet vande edele vry Schilderconst’ by Cornelis de Bie (Supervisor: Prof David Freedberg)
  • Doctoral research under prof Wolfgang Kemp at the Philipps-Universität, Marburg, West-Germany (1987-1988)
  • Ph. D (UFS) (1999). Dissertation title: The picaresque tradition: feminism and ideology critique. (Supervisor: Prof Dirk van den Berg, Co-supervisor: Prof Johann Visagie)

Professional career

  • 1984-2001: Full-time Lecturer, Department of Art History and Visual Culture Studies, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
  • 2002 - 2005: Full-time Senior Lecturer, UFS
  • 2006: Assistant Professor, UFS
  • 2010 - 2012: Departmental Chair, Department of Art History and Visual Culture Studies, Faculty of the Humanities, the University of the Free State.
  • 2013 - 2017: Departmental Head, Department of Art History and Image Studies, Faculty of the Humanities, the University of the Free State.
  • 2018: Leave
  • 2019 onwards: Assistant Professor, UFS

Editorial boards

  • Member of the Editorial Board of the South African Journal of Art History (since 2006)

Editing of accredited academic journals

  • Guest Editor. Acta Academica Supplementum: Gender, society and theory: the University of the Free State 2002 (1).
  • Guest Editior. Acta Academica Supplementum: African and other cultures: traces and processes of mutual translation 2012 (1).
  • Guest Editor with Prof Annie van den Oever (University of Groningen, Netherlands) of a themed issue De arte: Gestures of healing: Themed issue in honour of Laura Mulvey 2015 (50, 92) which coincided with the National SAVAH (South African Visual Arts Historians) conference organized by the Department of Art History an Image Studies and the conferral of an honorary doctorate by the UFS for feminist film scholar, Laura Mulvey, by the Department.

Grants

2012. Getty Travel Grant to present a paper at the 33rd International Conference of the Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA), The challenge of the object in Nuremberg, July 15 – 20, 2012.

2003 & 1987: NRF grant to present a paper at the 6th European Sociological Association International Sociological Association and the Sociology of the Arts, Research Network of the European Sociological Association, Conference in Murcia (Spain) 23 – 26 and September 2003 & HSRC award for visiting the First International Conference on Word and Image, Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam, 23th - 25th April 1987.  

Membership of committees and professional associations

Since 1983. Member of the South African Association of Art Historians which became SAVAH, as well as the Art Historical Workgroup of South Africa.

Since 2000: A continual member of the selection committee of the regional competition of the ABSA Atelier Young Artists Award

2001 – 2004 and since 2010. Member of the Executive Board of the Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery of the University of the Free State.

2002 – 2004. Chairperson of the Committee for Title Registrations (Arts), a sub-committee of the Research Committee of the Faculty of the Humanities.

Since 2010. Member of the Committee for Title Registrations (Culture), a sub-committee of the Research Committee of the Faculty of the Humanities.

2011 Organizing committee of the 5th annual conference of the South African Journal of Art History (SAJAH), which took place on the 8th and 9th July 2011 at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.

2014 Member of the Executive committee of SAVAH (South African Association of Visual Arts Historians)

2014 Chairperson of the Organizing Committee of the 29th Annual SAVAH Conference: Images and media to be held at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, 3 - 5 July, 2014.

Since 2014 Member of the Board of the Suid-Afrikaans Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (South African Academy of Arts and Science)

2017 & 2019 onwards Chairperson of the Arts Advisory Committee of the Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery

Publications

Select publications

2020. The Big Druid’s photographs of trees: Art and knowledge. Image & Text (34). http://www.imageandtext.up.ac.za/imageandtext/article/view/214/206

2017. Verkennende verbeeldingswêrelde: die ontsluiting van die Willem Boshoff Argief. LitNet Akademies 14(2): 26 – 64. Co-author: Van Wyk, J. De Villiers-Human, S. & Van den Berg, D. [online]  https://www.litnet.co.za/verkennende-verbeeldingswerelde-die-ontsluiting-van-die-willem-boshoff-argief/ 

2015. Editorial. De Arte, 50(92): 6-9. (with Annie van den Oever) https://doi.org/10.1080/00043389.2015.11877219 

2013. Object and medium: art historiography, image theory and Venda sculpture.  In:  Großmann, U. & Krutisch, P. (eds.)  The Challenge of the Object / Die Herausforderung des Objekts. Congress Proceedings, T. 1-3. Nuremberg: Germanisches Nationalmuseum Press.

2012. Art historiography and Bildwissenschaft: New perspectives on some objects by the Venda sculptor Phutuma Seoka. Acta Academica Supplementum 2012 (1): 20 – 42. http://scholar.ufs.ac.za:8080/xmlui/bitstream/handle/11660/2715/academ_supp1_2012_a3.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

2011. History, ruin and sacrament: the breaking of images and the breaking of the bread. South African Journal of Art History: 26 (2), pp. 1 - 14. https://sajah.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/sajah_26_2_website.pdf

2010. Picareske vertalingen: Johannes Phokela en de Vlaamse schilderkunst. Kunsttijdschrift Vlaanderen. June 2010,  59 (331): 529 – 532. https://www.dbnl.org/tekst/_vla016201001_01/_vla016201001_01.pdf

2010. Picaresque translations: Johannes Phokela and the iconic potential of ruptures. De Arte, 2010: 82:33 - 46. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00043389.2010.11877128

2010. The image and the Brazen serpent: Division, mediation and the translatability of cultures. Acta Academica, 42 (10). https://scholar.ufs.ac.za/handle/11660/2779

2005. Explosions in visual art and music. The International Review of the Aesthetics and sociology of Music, 36(1):179–197. https://hrcak.srce.hr/64285

2005. Body fluids and gender in picaresque art and writing. Junctures. The Journal for thematic dialogue. Dunedin, New Zeeland Dunedin, New Zeeland. https://junctures.org/index.php/junctures/article/view/172

2003. Gender, ideology and display. Image [&] Narrative. Bataens, J. (general editor) & Jüngst, H. (guest editor). Leuven: Instituut vir Kulturele Studies, Katolieke Universiteit. http://www.imageandnarrative.be/inarchive/gender/suzannedevilliershuman.htm.

2003. Gender, ideology and display. South African Journal of Art History, 18:1–14.

2003. Art and magic: the mask of wildness. In: Von Maltzan, C. (red.), Africa and Europe: en/countering myths. Essays on literature and cultural politics. Frankfurt a. M: Peter Lang Verlag. pp. 199–129. (Literary and cultural theory, 15. Wojciech H. Kalaga (general editor). ISBN 3-631-51216-3.

2002. Fighting from within: Mainstreaming Gender at the University of the Free State. One of five authors. Acta Academica Supplementum: Gender, society and theory, 2002, 1:1–38.

2002. Reception, deception, illusion and magic: Feminism and theoretical practice. Co-author: Johann Visagie. Acta Academica Supplementum: Gender, society and theory, 2002, 1:91–112.

1995. Eyesight and insight. A worm’s eye perspective on focalization. Acta Academica. 27(3): 37-67.

1992. Roy Lichtenstein and a transgressive narrative tradition. Van den Berg, D. J. (red). The communication of world views. Acts of the seventh annual conference of the South African Association of Art Historians. University of the Orange Free State, 17th -19th July 1991. Bloemfontein: UOFS, 1992. Acta Varia, 2:101-109.

1990. Pictures in the expanded field of narrativity. Current perspectives in South African art and architecture. Proceedings of the 6th annual conference of the SAAH. University of Cape Town, 11th - 13th July: 41-45.

1988. Conference Report: First International Conference on Word and Image, Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam, 23th - 25th April 1987. South African Journal of Art History, June, 3(1/2): 47-48. Hogarth’s vitality. South African Journal of Art History. 1991, 2 (2): 42-49.

1987. Flemish art theory in the second half of the seventeenth century. An investigation of an unexploited source. South African Journal of Art History. June, 2 (1/2): 1-11.

1986. Propaganda for art. Antwerp - the place of the artist in society. South African Journal of Art History. July, 1(3/4): 29-36.

1982. Schematic representation in medieval art against the background of allegorical scriptural exegesis. Tydskrif vir Christelike Wetenskap. 1982, 18(1/2):14-22.

Papers presented at local and international conferences since 2000

2000. Gender, ideology and display. The 16th annual conference of the South African Association of Art Historians. Rhodes University, Grahamstown, 21st-24th September 2000.

2001. Reception, deception, illusion and magic. The 17th annual conference of the South African Association of Art Historians. University of Natal, Durban, 11th – 13th July 2001.

2001. Art and magic: the mask of the Fool. International conference sponsored by the European Union. Africa and Europe: myths, masks and masquerades. School of Languages and Literatures. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2nd –5th April 2001.

2003. Wildness and Interpretation. International Sociological Association and the Sociology of the Arts Research Network of the European Sociological Association. (Research stream: Culture, collective memories and public discourse). Murcia, Spain 23 - 26 September 2003.

2003. Cultural disparities and similarities: on hermeneutics and frenzy. The SAAAH 19th annual conference. Visual studies in contemporary South Africa. Stellenbosch University, 12th and 13th September 2003.

2003. Critical theory and gender. Critical theories symposium. Travelling Institute for music research. (Funded internationally, arranged by the NRF with international presenters of papers). University of the Free State. 22 – 24 October 2003.

2005. Our troubled sense of pictures: immersion, infolding and overlay. The 21st annual conference of the South African Association of Art Historians. Rhodes University, Grahamstown 8th – 10th September, 2005.

2006. Polychromy and art history. Some questions on the interpretation of modern African polychrome sculpture. International conference on the arts and society. Edinburgh University, Edinburgh 15th – 18th August 2006.

2006. Polychromy and reenchantment. The 22nd national conference of the South African Visual Arts Historians (SAVAH): Transformation/s in visual culture. Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark, 7 – 10 September 2006.

2007. Modernism, myth and religious narrative: Laduma Madela and Azaria Mbatha. The 23rd national conference of the South African Visual Arts Historians (SAVAH): South African art history in African context. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 13 - 16 September 2007.

2009. The brazen serpent and other transforming images: On the translatability of cultures. The 25rd national conference of the South African Visual Arts Historians (SAVAH). The politics of change: Looking backwards and forwards. University of Pretoria. 9 – 11 July 2009

2010. Picaresque translations between “Africa” and “Europe”: Johannes Phokela and the iconic energy of ruptures. The 8th biennial Conference of the Association for Low Country Studies in Great Britain and Ireland (ALCS). Communicating, Remembering, Reconstructing: An interdisciplinary conference for Low Countries Studies. Dublin, January 6 – 7, 2010.

2011. History, ruin and sacrament: the breaking of images and the breaking of the bread. Ruination as metaphor and process: ideals, damage and the passing of time. Interdisciplinary conference. South African Journal of Art History fifth annual conference, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 08-Jul-2011 - 09-Jul-2011.

2011. Object and medium: art historiography, image theory and Venda sculpture. The 33rd annual conference of the Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA). The challenge of the object. Nuremberg, Germany 15 - 20 July, 2012.

2013. Textures of light in depictions of the Annunciation: on the historicity of images. 28th annual SAVAH conference: Visual arts and art history now: What? How? Why? Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town 5 - 8 September.

 

Publications (Short List)

2020. The Big Druid’s photographs of trees: Art and knowledge. Image & Text (34). http://www.imageandtext.up.ac.za/imageandtext/article/view/214/206

2017. Verkennende verbeeldingswêrelde: die ontsluiting van die Willem Boshoff ArgiefLitNet Akademies 14(2): 26 – 64. Co-author: Van Wyk, J. De Villiers-Human, S. & Van den Berg, D. [online]  https://www.litnet.co.za/verkennende-verbeeldingswerelde-die-ontsluiting-van-die-willem-boshoff-argief/ 

2015. Editorial. De Arte, 50(92): 6-9. (with Annie van den Oever) https://doi.org/10.1080/00043389.2015.11877219 

2013. Object and medium: art historiography, image theory and Venda sculpture.  In:  Großmann, U. & Krutisch, P. (eds.)  The Challenge of the Object / Die Herausforderung des Objekts. Congress Proceedings, T. 1-3. Nuremberg: Germanisches Nationalmuseum Press.

2012. Art historiography and Bildwissenschaft: New perspectives on some objects by the Venda sculptor Phutuma Seoka. Acta Academica Supplementum 2012 (1): 20 – 42. http://scholar.ufs.ac.za:8080/xmlui/bitstream/handle/11660/2715/academ_supp1_2012_a3.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

2011. History, ruin and sacrament: the breaking of images and the breaking of the bread. South African Journal of Art History: 26 (2), pp. 1 - 14. https://sajah.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/sajah_26_2_website.pdf

2010. Picareske vertalingen: Johannes Phokela en de Vlaamse schilderkunst. Kunsttijdschrift Vlaanderen. June 2010,  59 (331): 529 – 532. https://www.dbnl.org/tekst/_vla016201001_01/_vla016201001_01.pdf

2010. Picaresque translations: Johannes Phokela and the iconic potential of ruptures. De Arte, 2010: 82:33 - 46. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00043389.2010.11877128

2010. The image and the Brazen serpent: Division, mediation and the translatability of cultures. Acta Academica, 42 (10). https://scholar.ufs.ac.za/handle/11660/2779

2005. Explosions in visual art and music. The International Review of the Aesthetics and sociology of Music, 36(1):179–197. https://hrcak.srce.hr/64285

2005. Body fluids and gender in picaresque art and writing. JuncturesThe Journal for thematic dialogue. Dunedin, New Zeeland Dunedin, New Zeeland. https://junctures.org/index.php/junctures/article/view/172

2003. Gender, ideology and display. Image [&] Narrative. Bataens, J. (general editor) & Jüngst, H. (guest editor). Leuven: Instituut vir Kulturele Studies, Katolieke Universiteit. http://www.imageandnarrative.be/inarchive/gender/suzannedevilliershuman.htm.

2003. Gender, ideology and display. South African Journal of Art History, 18:1–14.

2003. Art and magic: the mask of wildness. In: Von Maltzan, C. (red.), Africa and Europe: en/countering myths. Essays on literature and cultural politics. Frankfurt a. M: Peter Lang Verlag. pp. 199–129. (Literary and cultural theory, 15. Wojciech H. Kalaga (general editor). ISBN 3-631-51216-3.

2002. Fighting from within: Mainstreaming Gender at the University of the Free State. One of five authors. Acta Academica SupplementumGender, society and theory, 2002, 1:1–38.

2002. Reception, deception, illusion and magic: Feminism and theoretical practice. Co-author: Johann Visagie. Acta Academica Supplementum: Gender, society and theory2002, 1:91–112.

1995. Eyesight and insight. A worm’s eye perspective on focalization. Acta Academica. 27(3): 37-67.

1992. Roy Lichtenstein and a transgressive narrative tradition. Van den Berg, D. J. (red). The communication of world views. Acts of the seventh annual conference of the South African Association of Art Historians. University of the Orange Free State, 17th -19th July 1991. Bloemfontein: UOFS, 1992. Acta Varia, 2:101-109.

1990. Pictures in the expanded field of narrativity. Current perspectives in South African art and architecture. Proceedings of the 6th annual conference of the SAAH. University of Cape Town, 11th - 13th July: 41-45.

1988. Conference Report: First International Conference on Word and Image, Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam, 23th - 25th April 1987. South African Journal of Art History, June, 3(1/2): 47-48. Hogarth’s vitality. South African Journal of Art History. 1991, 2 (2): 42-49.

1987. Flemish art theory in the second half of the seventeenth century. An investigation of an unexploited source. South African Journal of Art History. June, 2 (1/2): 1-11.

1986. Propaganda for art. Antwerp - the place of the artist in society. South African Journal of Art History. July, 1(3/4): 29-36.

1982. Schematic representation in medieval art against the background of allegorical scriptural exegesis. Tydskrif vir Christelike Wetenskap. 1982, 18(1/2):14-22.

 

Area(s) of Interest

Art historiography - The study of art historical approaches to art, and art history as a discipline

Image theories - Historical and systematic conceptions of the image

Art history as World history - The challenges to art history from an anthropological perspective

Courses Presented

HKGK3718: Forms of image interaction: Key texts in art historical interpretation 

HKGK3728: Envisioning knowledge: Image and imagination 

HKGK4808: Contemporary South African art contexts

HKWS4808: Recent developments in visual art and culture


 


FACULTY CONTACT

T: +27 51 401 2240 or humanities@ufs.ac.za

Postgraduate:
Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Undergraduate:
Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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