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Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Human and Social Development Research Programme

 Contact details
Contact personDr Mathias Fubah Alubafi
Senior Research Specialist 
Street134 Pretorius Street 
Address 0002 - Pretoria (South Africa) 
Phone0630331837 
Webwww.hsrc.ac.za
Social MediaLinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)250+ 
Organisation TypeResearch Organisation 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» History
» Performing arts
» Religion Studies
» History of Arts
» Visual arts
» Cultural Heritage
» Virtual Museums
» Other humanities
» Anthropology
» Archaeology
» Cultural studies

 Brief description of your activity focus
My area of interest and expertise is traditional/contemporary African art, museums, cultural heritage, cultural heritage tourism

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
I hold a PhD in history of Art from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. Since completing PhD, I have held fellowships at the University of the Witwatersrand, Cambridge, Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin and the Marx Planck Institute in Florence. During these fellowships, I worked on Cameroon Grassfields collections at the Berlin Ethnological Museum, and the Grassi Museum in Leipzig. I have also initiated and implemented projects on the promotion and preservation of art and cultural heritage in museums in the palaces of the western Grassfields, Cameroon.

The findings from some of the projects that I have implemented are published in rated Journals such as Anthropologie: International Journal of Human Diversity and Evolution, International Journal of African Renaissance, AfrikaFocus, Cogent Social Sciences, African Studies, Journal of BioSocial Sciences and a host of others. I have a forthcoming article on transformation of the cultural landscape in South Africa in the Sage Journal, Ethnography.


Some of my competencies, are: fluent in spoken and wriiten Enlish, interpersonal skills, team work/player, fieldwork skills, qualitative research, supervision skills, and others. Concepts used in my work are: Iconography/Iconology, decolonisation, false consciousness, postmodernism, and cultural hegemony, critical theory, among others.

I head the postgraduate student internship mentorship programme in my department at the HSRC and I am a reviewer for a good number of top-rated journals in my area of expertise.
 Research Activities

 EU Framework Programme related activities:
» MIGRATION-05-2018-2020: Mapping and overcoming integration challenges for migrant children
» TRANSFORMATIONS-03-2018-2019: Innovative solutions for inclusive and sustainable urban environments
» TRANSFORMATIONS-04-2019-2020: Innovative approaches to urban and regional development through cultural tourism
» DT-TRANFORMATIONS-11-2019: Collaborative approaches to cultural heritage for social cohesion

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
I recently completed two major projects in Tshwane (Pretoria) South Africa, one forcusing on the changing nature of black womens hair in Post-apartheid South Africa and the other on the transformation of the cultural landscape in South Africa.

I have participated on an international project focusing on museums collections across the world. The project was coordinated by Professor Kavita Singh and Dr Mirjam Brusius. The findings have been publised in an edited book titled: Museums Collections and Meaning: Tales from the Crypt edited by Mirjam Brusius and Kavita Singh (Routledge, 2018.

I also participated in an international project on Aesthetic Practices and Spatial Configurations: Historical and Transregional Perspectives. The project findings have been published by Transcript Verlag/Columbia University Press, 2018.

In 2012/2013, I participated in an international project on Art and Museums in Africa, sponsored by the Sir Isaac Newton Trust at the Centre of African Studies, Cambridge.

From 2004 to 2008, I participated in a project on the promotion and preservation of palace collections in selected palaces in the Cameroon Grassfields.

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