Sara Baartman


Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

When Jezebel Wanted to make Saartjie Baartman Relevant to Millenials #EpicFail

You know how feminists worry that feminism is dead, and that young women are dismissing the possibility of fashioning powerful, self-directed, and critical subjectivities, and instead framing themselves as idiot sexpots? Because of this fear, publications and online media aimed at reigniting feminism try too hard to cater to the millennial generation, in hopes of

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

‘The Hottentot Venus’

Anni Lyngskaer–one of the students in a graduate class I teach at The New School on mediating Africa–went to see the new film “Venus Noire” (Black Venus) at the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center. The...

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

New Sara Baartman Film

I just finished an essay (with my research assistant Adam Esrig) on new developments in African film–most notably the business model of Nollywood, the emergence of South Africa as a cheap back lot for B-grade Hollywood films...

Monday, February 15th, 2010

The Meanings of Sara Baartman

My friend, Gabeba Baderoon, is organizing a one-day colloquium on “The Meanings of Saartje (Sara) Baartman,” scheduled for March 1st at Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. The meeting will focus on Baartman (aka the “Hottentot...