Department of Communication Science

Prof BS Karam

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: Communication Science
Associate Professor
Tel: 012 429 6323
Fax: 012 429 3346
E-mail: karambs@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • PhD Communication Science (Unisa, 2012)
  • MA, Cultural and Media Studies (KwaZulu-Natal, Durban 1995)
  • BSoc Sci Hons: Philosophy (KwaZulu-Natal, PMB)
  • BSoc Sci Hons: Media and Cultural Studies  (KwaZulu-Natal, Durban)
  • BSoc Sci: Philosophy and Psychology (Kwazulu-Natal, PMB)

Fields of academic interests

  • Film
  • Memory and trauma studies
  • Political communication
  • Decolonisation
  • William Kentridge
  • Gilles Deleuze; Slajov Žižek; Sigmund Freud
  • Animation
  • Aesthetics
  • Gender and representation
  • Television Studies

Field of Specialisation

  • Film
  • Memory and trauma studies
  • Political Communication
  • William Kentridge

Books

Book chapters:

  • Karam, B. 2017a. Media ethics and South African film: the representation of perpetrator trauma, in Media, conflicts and peace building in Africa, edited by J Maweu and A Mare. London: Routledge. Forthcoming December 2017.
  • Karam, B. 2017b. “An-Other thinking” film theory: film studies and decolonisation in Africa, in The Palgrave handbook for media and communication research in Africa, edited by B Mutsvairo. London: Palgrave. Forthcoming December 2017.
  • Karam, B. 2017c. Political theories and sub-Saharan Africa, in Political communication in Sub-Sahara Africa, edited by B Karam and B Mutsvairo.  London: Palgrave. Forthcoming December 2017.
  • Karam, B & Mutsvairo, B (eds). 2017a. Political communication in Sub-Sahara Africa. London: Palgrave. Forthcoming December 2017.
  • Karam, B & Mutsvairo, B. 2017b. Introduction, in Political communication in Sub-Sahara Africa, edited by B Karam and B Mutsvairo. London: Palgrave. Forthcoming December 2017.
  • Karam, B. 2013.  Film theory and styles, in Visual culture in South Africa, edited by J Reid.  Cape Town: Pearson.
  • Karam, B.  2009.  Gender and the media, in Media studies, volume 2: media policy, management and media and representation, edited by PJ Fourie.  Cape Town: Juta.
  • Karam, B.  2001a. Censorship, in Media studies, volume 1: institutions, theories and issues, edited by PJ Fourie.  Cape Town: Juta.
  • Karam, B.  2001b. Film production, in Media studies, volume 1: institutions, theories and issues, edited by PJ Fourie.  Cape Town: Juta.
  • Karam, B.  2001c. Educational media, in Media studies, volume 1: institutions, theories and issues, edited by PJ Fourie.  Cape Town: Juta.
  • Fourie, PJ & Karam, B.  2001. Representation: race, gender and sexual orientation, in Media studies, volume 2: content, audiences and production, edited by PJ Fourie.  Cape Town: Juta.
  • Karam, B & Parry, L.  2001. Feminism, in Media studies, volume 2: content, audiences and production, edited by PJ Fourie.  Cape Town: Juta.
  • Karam, B. 2013. Book review: “Gendered Lives: Communication, Gender, and Culture” (Julia Wood). Gender Questions 1(1).

Journal articles

  • Karam, B. 2016. William Kentridge’s Monument (1990) as counter-monument and the embodiment of negative aesthetics. Image/Text 27(1):75-102.
  • Karam, B.  2014.  William Kentridge’s animated films as a postmemorial aesthetic. de arte 90:25-37.
  • Karam, B. 2013. Subverting the Gaze: The voyeuristic, fetishised spectacle of Karl Lagerfeld’s Pirelli Calendar (2011). Image&Text 21:30-53.
  • Karam, B & MA Kirby-Hirst. 2011. “‘Reality worlds’ collide: Film and videogames as pedagogical tools for the Classics.” Akroterion 56: 129-148.
  • Karam, B, Botha, M, & Tomaselli, K.  1996.  White Paper on Film. Pretoria: Ministry of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology.
  • Karam, B, Singh, A & Rantho, T. 1995.  ACTAG final report: restructuring the South African film industry. Pretoria: Ministry of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Editorial Board: Image/Text (an accredited Journal)

Projects

  • Landscapes of Cinema: Hearing our voices, Screening our Cultures: dealing with the representation of, and about Africa, in film, from within Africa and the diaspora (Founding member: 2011-current).
  • QUILTBAG Community Engagement Project dealing with Queer, Unisex, Intersex, Lesbian and Trans issues and human rights. QUILTBAG hosts an annual Seminar and Seminar series annually (2013-current).