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

  1. Name and address

    Prof E S Human

    Assistant Professor

    Departmental Head

    Department of Art History and Visual Culture Studies

    Faculty of the Humanities

    The University of the Free State

  2. Professional qualifications and experience

Academic and professional training

Tertiary career:

  • B. A. (University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa). Cum laude (1979), majoring in three subjects: 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.

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).

Publications (Short List)

Select publications

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.
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.
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/gender/suzannedevilliers human.htm).
2003. Gender, ideology and display. South African Journal of Art History, 18:1–14.
2005. Body fluids and gender in picaresque art and writing. Junctures. The Journal for thematic dialogue. Dunedin, New Zeeland.
2005. Explosions in visual art and music. The International Review of the Aesthetics and sociology of Music, 36(1):179–197.
2010. The image and the Brazen serpent: Division, mediation and the translatability of cultures. Acta Academica, 42 (10).
2010. Picaresque translations: Johannes Phokela and the iconic potential of ruptures. De Arte, 2010: 82:33 - 46.

2010. Picareske vertalingen: Johannes Phokela en de Vlaamse schilderkunst. Kunsttijdschrift Vlaanderen. June 2010,  59 (331): 529 – 532.

2012. Art historiography and Bildwissenschaft: New perspectives on some objects by the Venda sculptor Phutuma Seoka. Acta Academica Supplementum 2012 (1): 20 – 42.

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.

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. 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Refereeing work

  • Articles refereed regularly for the accredited South African journals Acta Academica, South African Journal of Art History, De Arte, Literator (Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies), as well as the international, peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal of media studies, Necsus, (published by Amsterdam University Press).
  • I have been asked by the National Research Foundation to peer review the outputs of colleagues in Art History.

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

KGK214   Visuele narratiewe en fiktiewe wêrelde/ Visual narratives and fictive worlds

KGK224   Beeldvertalings in Afrika/ Image translations in Africa      

KGK334   Vorme van beeldinteraksie: Kerntekste in kunshistoriese interpretasie/Forms of image interaction: Key texts in art historical interpretation 

KGK324   Die verbeelde stad in film en ander media/Imagining the city in film and other media

KGK404   Kontekste van kontemporêre Suid-Afrikaanse kuns/Contemporary South African art contexts

 


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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