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PATTERSON, Monica Eileen


Professor. Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Carleton University

Refiguring Childhood in Post Apartheid South Africa

Refiguring Childhood in Post Apartheid South Africa is an experimental and participatory exhibit that allows former and current South African children to reflect on their experiences of childhood and explore the meanings of the apartheid pas and its present day legacies.

Publications, presentations, and other outcomes

Book Chapters

2016 (in press) “By and For Children: History and Healing in a Hospital Museum in KwaZulu Natal,” Curatorial Dreams: Critics Imagine Exhibitions, edited by Erica Lehrer and Shelley Ruth Butler. McGill-Queens University Press.

Curated Exhibits

2016 Children’s Rights in Africa, in collaboration with students from my Advanced Topics seminar, “The History of ‘the African Child’” exhibited at the annual Institute of African Studies conference, “Human Rights and the Public Sphere”, Carleton University, Ottawa (March 4-5), curator.

Blogs and Web-Based Publications

2016 “Profane Perambulations: A Public Humanities Experiment in the Parliamentary Precinct”, guest blog, FASS Newsletter, Carleton University (January 11)

< http://carleton.ca/fass/2016/profane-perambulations-a-public-humanities-experiment-in-the-parliamentary-precinct/ >


2016 "Children, History, and Healing in a Hospital Museum in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa," Institute of African Studies Annual Conference: “Human Rights and the Public Sphere in Africa,” Carleton University. (March 4-5)

2016 “Child Labor and Children in Armed Conflict”, Annual Children’s Rights Academic Network Conference, Carleton University. (Jan. 29-30)

Conferences and Colloquia Organized

2016 “Decolonizing Curatorial Pedagogies,” a workshop for SSHRC PDG project “Thinking through the Museum: Difficult Knowledge in Public,” Carleton University. (April 15-19)

Papers Presented

2016 “Contextualizing AIDS Orphans on Screen: Toward a child-centred AIDS filmography in South Africa,” with Jenny Doubt, International Conference on Childhood and Nation in Cinema, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. (April 17-20)

2016 “Difficult Knowledge in Public: Thinking through the Museum,” 41st International Conference on Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia. (Dec. 10-12)

2015 “Hyper-visibilities and invisibilities in Sam Nzima’s photograph of Hector Pieterson in the Soweto Uprising of 1976,” CONTEMPHOTO ’15 International Contemporary Photography Conference, Istanbul, Turkey. (June 9-10)



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