Denise Lim

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B.A. English and Sociology (Bryn Mawr College)
M.A. African Studies (Yale University)
Areas of Interest: 
Postcolonial sociology; African urban studies; African cultural studies; Sociology of Art; Sociology of Literature
Mediating Spacetime in Ponte City

Denise Lim has conducted evaluative research on NGOs that work on HIV/AIDS preventative education and outreach in the United States, Malawi, and South Africa. For her master’s thesis, she examined how African literature is taught and defined in South African universities. After serving as a graduate curatorial intern for the Yale University Art Gallery’s “Contemporary Art/South Africa” exhibition (May – September 2014), Denise has since collaborated with Namibian artist Nicola Brandt and published an article that sociologically analyzes her multimedia installation series entitled, “The Earth Inside”, which engages with Germany’s colonial history and genocide against the Herero and Nama peoples of Namibia. Denise has also collaborated with the Guns and Rain Gallery in Johannesburg to publish a general press article on South African artist Sabelo Mlangeni’s “Umlindelo wamaKholwa” exhibition which nuances the spiritual practices of the Zionist Christian communities of South Africa. Denise is currently working on developing an experimental digital ethnography that documents the social, material, and visual life of Johannesburg’s tallest residential tower, Ponte City, for her doctoral dissertation.  


Lim, Denise L. 2018. “What the Landscape Recalls: Articulating Scales of Violence in Landscape Trauma in Namibia.” ART AFRICA, February 8. 

Lim, Denise L. 2018. “Quiet Images of the Zionist Christian Church.” City Press, July 8.