‘There is a Nation United’
On the Interaction of Affect and Discourse in Shifting Significations of Ubuntu
Hanneke Stuit is assistant-professor at the Literary Studies department and affiliated with the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, both at the University of Amsterdam. Her research interests revolve around issues of cultural representation (both visual and textual), discourse, ethics, and community formation. Her dissertation (defended February 1, 2013) deals with the Southern African concept of ubuntu and the ways in which it relates to other (predominantly Western) concepts of communality and intersubjective relations. In this context, she analyses the interaction be- tween ubuntu as a concept and cultural expressions, like novels, poetry and photography. She has also written on the representation of ubuntu in the process of truth and reconciliation initiated after the end of apartheid.