Denise Lim

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B.A. English and Sociology (Bryn Mawr College)
M.A. African Studies (Yale University)
Areas of Interest: 
Cultural Sociology; Sociology of Literature and Art; Trauma and Memory in Visual and Literary Arts; African Politics and Social Movements; Anglophone African Literature; South African Cultural Production; South African Race and Ethnic Relations
Mediating Spacetime in Ponte City

I have conducted evaluative research on NGOs that work on HIV/AIDS preventative education and outreach in the United States, Malawi, and South Africa; I completed a master’s thesis that examines how African literature is taught and defined in South African universities; I collaborated with Namibian artist Nicola Brandt and published an article that sociologically analyzes her multimedia installation series entitled, ‘The Earth Inside’, which engage’s with Germany’s colonial history and genocide against the Herero and Nama peoples of Namibia. I am currently collaborating with South African artist Sabelo Mlangeni to publish both a general press and academic article on his new exhibition, “Umlindelo wamaKholwa” which nuances the spiritual practices of the Zionist Christian communities of South Africa; I am preparing to write a book review for historian Joel Cabrita (Cambridge University) for her new book, ‘The People’s Zion: Southern Africa, the United States, and a Transatlantic Faith-Healing Movement’ published by Harvard University Press; I am currently working on developing an experimental ethnography that documents the social, material, and visual life of Johannesburg’s tallest residential tower, Ponte City, for my doctoral dissertation.


Lim, Denise L. 2018. What the Landscape Recalls. Art Africa. Retrieved June 28, 2018.