Kylie Thomas holds a Marie Curie Individual Research Fellowship at NIOD. She writes about photography, violence and history; about queer and anti-racist activism; and about South African politics and society during and after apartheid. She is currently conducting research on women, photography and resistance during and after the Second World War. She completed her PhD at the University of Cape Town in 2007 and subsequently held teaching and research positions in South Africa. Since 2017 she was awarded numerous visiting research fellowships, including an EHRI fellowship at NIOD in 2017. From September 2017-June 2018 she held a European Institutes for Advanced Study Junior Visiting Research Fellowship at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, Austria. She was a British Academy Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Brighton from September 2018-February 2019.
She is the author of Impossible Mourning: HIV/AIDS and Visuality after apartheid (2014); co-editor of Photography in and out of Africa (2016) (2016). Her recent articles include “Remember Marikana: Violence and Visual Activism in South Africa post-apartheid”; “Exhuming apartheid: Photography, Disappearance and Return”; “Returning History: Figuring Worlds: Helen Levitt, Jansje Wissema, the Burning Museum Collective and photographs of children in the streets of New York and Cape Town” and “‘Decolonization is Now’: Photography and Student-Social Movements in South Africa”.