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BA (Hons) (UP); MA (Art History) (UFS); DLitt et Phil (English)(Unisa)
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Amanda du Preez is Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Pretoria, where she teaches Visual Culture Studies. She obtained a DPhil in English from the University of South Africa on the topic of cyberfeminism and embodiment in 2003. She has coedited South African visual culture (2005); edited Taking a hard look: gender and visual culture (2009) and authored Gendered bodies and new technologies: rethinking embodiment in a cyber-era (2009). She served as assistant editor of two accredited journals, Image & Text and De Arte. Currently, she serves on the Advisory Board of Gender Questions and the international journal Persona Studies. She is also a member of the Governing Board of the International Association for Visual Culture.

She has a NRF rating and received the award as Researcher of the Year (Arts Cluster) in 2013 and 2016. She received the Teaching Excellence Award as Lecturer of the Year in the Faculty of Humanities in 2015.

Lecturer in the Department since 2001, teaching Visual Culture Studies – current subjects are Postmodernism, Visual Hermeneutics, Virtual Culture, South African Visual Culture, Key Texts in Visual Culture and Digital Culture

Research focus areas: feminist theory, gender theory, cyberfeminsim, sublime, self-portraiture, selfies, social media, digital humanities

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Research highlights since 2000


J van Eeden & A du Preez, (eds) 2005. South African visual culture. Pretoria: Van Schaik. Foreword by Prof Nicholas Mirzoeff, University of New York

A du Preez (ed), 2009. Taking a hard look: gender and visual culture. Cambridge, UK:Cambridge Scholars Publishing

A du Preez. 2009. Gendered bodies and new technologies: rethinking embodiment in a cyber-era. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publications in peer-reviewed or refereed journals

A du Preez, 2000. Virtual babes: gender, archetypes and computer games. Communicatio 26(2):18-27. [DoHET list]

A du Preez, 2003. (Re)mains: Local bodies and global information [Oorb(lyf)sels: lokale liggame en globale inligting]. Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe 43 (1&2):56-65. (ISI list)

A du Preez, 2004. Putting on appearances: mimetic representations of hysteria. De Arte 68:47-61. [DoHET list]

A du Preez, 2004. Bungee jumping and the eXtreme sublime [Rekspring en die eKstreme sublieme], Tydskrif vir Letterkunde 42(2), September:55-68. [DoHET list]

A du Preez, 2004. ‘The machine is a woman’ and other myths: a brief analysis of how technology is sexed and gendered. Image & Text 11:42-50. [DoHET list]

A du Preez, 2004. Bodies as religion: immortality for beginners. Gender and Women’s Studies: Feminist knowledge.  [O]. Available:

A du Preez, 2005. The rhetorics of the eXtreme. Scriptura. International Journal of Bible, Religion and Theology in Southern Africa 90:651-59. [DoHET list]

A du Preez, 2008. (Im)Materiality: On the matter of art. Image & Text 14:30-41. [DoHET list]

A du Preez, 2008. Through the empire’s eyes: engaging the gaze. Religion & Theology. (IBSS list)

A du Preez, 2009. The sublime and the cultures of the extreme: An exploration. Communicatio 35(2):201-218. [DoHET list]

A du Preez, 2010. ‘Material girls’: lingering in the presence of the material sublime. Critical Arts. 24(3): 392–417. (IBSS list)

A du Preez, 2011. Die Antwoord gooi zef liminality: of monsters, carnival and affects. Image & Text 17:102-137. [DoHET list]

A du Preez, 2012. Om kop te hou: liggaamlikheid en kontemporêre kuberkultuur (Getting (a)head: embodiment and contemporary cyberculture). Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe 52(4):596-612). (ISI list)

A du Preez, 2013. Self-uitbeeldings en Facebook: ‘n estetika van verdwyning? (Self-representations and Facebook: an aesthetics of disappearance?) Litnet 10(1). [O] Available: [DoHET list]

A du Preez & E Lombard. 2014. The role of memes in the construction of Facebook personae. Communicatio: South African Journal for Communication Theory and Research, 40 (3): 253-270. [DoHET list]

A du Preez, 2015. Re-imagining place, home and belonging Up in the Air. Critical Arts, 29(6): 785-800. (IBSS list)

A du Preez, 2015. The Marikana massacre: seeing it all. Safundi. The Journal of South African and American Studies, 16(4):419-442. (IBSS list)

A du Preez, 2016. Performing the virtual double: notes on self-amplification and self-amputation. Communicare. [DoHET list]

Chapters in books

A du Preez, 2000. Gender roles and advertising, in Women, society and constraints. A collection of contemporary South African gender studies, edited by J Malherbe, Marc Kleijwegt and Elize Koen. Pretoria:Unisa Press:157-168

A du Preez, 2004. Is the subject of science and new technologies still sexed and gendered?, in The gender perspective: Innovations in economy, organisations and health within the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Frankfurt: Peter Lang:74-105

J van Eeden & A du Preez, 2005. Introduction, in South Africa visual culture, Pretoria: Van Schaik:1-9

A du Preez, 2005. Misbehaving tools: the politics of human-technology interactions, in South African Visual Culture edited by J van Eeden & A du Preez. Pretoria:Van Schaik:134-151

A du Preez, 2006. Technology and transsexuality: secret alliances, in Sex, gender, becoming. Post-apartheid reflections, edited by K van Marle. Pretoria: Pretoria University Law Press:1-18

A du Preez, 2007. Leë erotiek: beloftes van erotiese vervulling in populêre visuele kultuur [Empty eroticism: promises of erotic fulfillment in popular visual culture], in Liefde is die Grootste: Oor Erotiek en Seksualiteit [Love is the Greatest: On Eroticism and Sexuality], edited by C Vos & D Human. Pretoria: Protea Boekhuis:249-259

A du Preez, 2008. (Im)materiality: On the matter of art, in Visuality/Commentary, edited by J van Eeden. University of Pretoria:186-191

A du Preez, 2009. For real: Hysteria, transsexuality and femininity as masquerade, in Taking a hard look: gender and visual culture, edited by A du Preez. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing:235-249

A du Preez, 2010.  Posthuman aesthetics of transcendence: Blank canvasses and naked faces, in Homo transcendentalis? Transcendence in science and religion: Interdisciplinary perspectives. Pretoria: Unisa Press: 233-251

A du Preez, 2011. The gaze, in Oxford Art Online, Oxford University Press. [O]. Available:

A du Preez, 2012. “Thrilling! Transcendence and the contemporary cultures of the extreme”, in Culture and Transcendence, edited by W. Stoker and W.L. van der Merwe. Leuven: Peeters. (ISBN 978-90-420-3473-0), 23-33

G-J Harkema & A du Preez, 2016.  Edison’s Ideal and the visual technics of the sublime, in Exposing the Film Apparatus. The film archive as a research laboratory, edited by G Fossati and A van den Oever. Framing Film series. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press/EYE

A du Preez. 2016. When Selfies turn into Online Doppelgängers: From double as shadow to double as alter ego, in The Digital Arts and Humanities: Neogeography, Social Media and Big Data Integrations and Applications, edited by C Travis and A von Lünen. London: Springer Press



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