Theme 4: Slow violence

The week’s theme was based on Rob Nixon’s (2011) notion of ‘slow violence’. Nixon (2011:3) argues that a major problem in raising awareness of slow violence is representational: “how to devise arresting stories, images, and symbols adequate to the pervasive but elusive violence of delayed effects”. The students were tasked to take up the representational challenge and provide a photo essay in which they could bring into focus the consequences, effects and damages of slow violence.

A selection of the students’ blogs can be viewed by clicking on the following links:

Denel Chetty

Sarah Coppings

Hayley Dawson

Shevon Deetlefs

Jessica Dewes

Shannon du Plooy

Keina Jooste

Mariska le Roux

Marissa le Roux

Caitlyn Lynch

Kutlwano Mokgojwa

Jessie Palmer

Kimberley Anne Spence

Tina van der Breggen

Bianca van Staden


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