IFAS-Research Workshop: Policing Appearances, Reclaiming Aesthetics.

IFAS-Research cordially invites you to join us for a workshop at IFAS.

Theme: Policing Appearances, Reclaiming Aesthetics. 

Date: May 22, 2024

Time: 2-5:30pm

Venue: IFAS, 62 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

RSVP: Secure your spot registering your attendance here. Limited seats are available.

This research workshop explores how power relationships based on race, gender, class, age and other criteria operate through the policing of appearances, and how aeasthetic practices contribute to the renegotiation of such power relationships in two South African contexts, namely: the schooling system and gang-present communities. The workshop is organised into two sessions focused on two ongoing research projects conducted by Jeanne Bouyat – on South African schools – and by Line Relisieux – on maternal figures around street gangs.


Policing Appearances, Reclaiming Aesthetics. 

Perspectives from South African schools and from gang-present communities on the Cape Flats.

Session 1 (14:00 – 15:30): Policing Appearances in South African SchoolsContested democratisations, power relationships, and institutional change since the 1990s.

Speaker: Jeanne Bouyat (University of Johannesburg)

Session 2 (15:45 – 17:15): The Gendered Power of Appearances on the Cape Flats: A clash of aesthetics between mothers and gangsters.

Speaker: Line Relisieux (London School of Economics)

Download the full programme here.