Dr Matthias Pauwels

Matthias Pauwels is an extraordinary researcher (NRF rated) at North-West University’s School of Philosophy. His highly engaged and interdisciplinary work of the past ten years has focused on the intersections between aesthetics, culture and politics, mainly in the contemporary South African context. Published work in academic journals and edited volumes addressed diverse contemporary topics such as decolonial iconoclasm, protest against artworks, racial stereotype humour, queer artivism in indigenous African contexts, black identity politics, and the aesthetic politics of left-wing populism. Pauwels’ earlier work as part of the Rotterdam-based activist-theoretical research office BAVO includes the edited volumes Cultural Activism Today: The Art of Over-Identification (2007) and Urban Politics Now: Re-Imagining Radical Democracy in the Neo-Liberal City (2007) as well as the monograph Too Active to Act: Cultural Activism after the End of History (2010).

Matthias Pauwels is an extraordinary researcher (NRF rated) at North-West University’s School of Philosophy. His highly engaged and interdisciplinary work of the past ten years has focused on the intersections between aesthetics, culture and politics, mainly in the contemporary South African context. Published work in academic journals and edited volumes addressed diverse contemporary topics such […]

Dr Matthias Pauwels

Matthias Pauwels is an extraordinary researcher (NRF rated) at North-West University’s School of Philosophy. His highly engaged and interdisciplinary work of the past ten years has focused on the intersections between aesthetics, culture and politics, mainly in the contemporary South African context. Published work in academic journals and edited volumes addressed diverse contemporary topics such as decolonial iconoclasm, protest against artworks, racial stereotype humour, queer artivism in indigenous African contexts, black identity politics, and the aesthetic politics of left-wing populism. Pauwels’ earlier work as part of the Rotterdam-based activist-theoretical research office BAVO includes the edited volumes Cultural Activism Today: The Art of Over-Identification (2007) and Urban Politics Now: Re-Imagining Radical Democracy in the Neo-Liberal City (2007) as well as the monograph Too Active to Act: Cultural Activism after the End of History (2010).

Matthias Pauwels is an extraordinary researcher (NRF rated) at North-West University’s School of Philosophy. His highly engaged and interdisciplinary work of the past ten years has focused on the intersections between aesthetics, culture and politics, mainly in the contemporary South African context. Published work in academic journals and edited volumes addressed diverse contemporary topics such […]

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