School of Arts

PhD Research explores South African heritage collections of indigenous material culture

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin
Share on whatsapp
Dr Mathodi Freddie Motsamayi
Dr Mathodi Freddie Motsamayi

His research exposes the inadequate systematic records and lack of proper contextual methodological documentation in South African heritage collections of indigenous material culture.

His appraisal of Western museum methods of cataloguing shows entrenched formal categorisations of cultural heritage and those cultural objects in South African museums face decontextualisation and misinterpretation. Motsamayi is concerned that local curators and researchers face huge challenges to update archival records.

He recommends practical ways to improve the interpretation of African cultural items, particularly regarding neglected Sotho-Tswana indigenous pottery and other vessels associated with past agricultural activities given scant and dated scholarly information made available. His PhD also covers aspects of agriculture.

Motsamayi is currently working as a Post-Doctoral fellow in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg. His is grateful for his family members and colleagues at UKZN and abroad for their support throughout his PhD tribulations and triumphs.

Share:

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on whatsapp
WhatsApp
On Key

Related Posts

Opening night film This is not a Burial, but a Resurrection, and closing night film Dust.

Durban International Film Festival announces opening and closing films

The Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) within the College of Humanities will host the 41st Durban International Festival (DIFF) from 10 to 20 September 2020. This year the festival will screen selected films, host seminars and workshops virtually and hold drive-in cinema screenings in Durban, Port Shepstone, Newcastle and Zululand.