Ashraf Jamal (19**-). Writer and art critic, an interdisciplinarian, with interests that include philosophy, literary and maritime studies.
Originally from Cape Town, he finished school in Yorkshire and studied at the universities of Sussex (UK), New Brunswick (Canada), Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA) and UKZN (KwaZulu-Natal) and taught at UCT, Stellenbosch, and at the Universities of Malaya (Malaysia) and the Eastern Mediterranean (N. Cyprus). In 200* joined Rhodes University where he teaches Art History and Visual Culture at Rhodes University, doing research on the contemporary moment in South African art.
A widely published writer and art critic, he is the co-author of Art South Africa: The Future Present (David Phillip Publishers); co-editor of Indian Ocean Studies: Social, Cultural and Political Perspectives (Rutledge); and the author of Predicaments of Culture in South Africa (Unisia/Brill) and Love Themes for the Wilderness (Kwela/Random House). He received the Sanlam Prize for short fiction for his story, The Shades.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
His play Uncle Sky Takes his Yo-yo to the Prairie won an award from the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick.
Various entries in the NELM catalogue.
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