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Dr. Kylie Thomas

Biography

Kylie Thomas is a Senior Researcher at NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. She co-directs the NIOD ImageLab with Kees Ribbens, focusing on war and visual culture.

From 2019-2021 she held a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowship at NIOD for her project, “Women, Photography and Resistance in Transnational perspective”, which centres on the work of women photographers who participated in resistance movements including De Ondergedoken Camera (The Underground Camera), in the Netherlands, and the anti-apartheid photography collective, Afrapix, in South Africa.

Her work over the last decade has focused on bringing feminist, queer and decolonial perspectives to bear on ways of thinking about photography, history, memory and violence. She is the author of Impossible Mourning: HIV/AIDS and Visuality after apartheid, and the co-editor of two books on photography in Africa. In addition to her publications on visual history and culture, she has also written about police violence and torture (in association with the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in South Africa) and is conducting research on cases of human rights violations and the re-opening of inquests into the deaths of activists who were killed in police detention during apartheid and which remained unresolved when the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission drew to a close.

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