Sophia Sanan

Educator, Writer, Thinker, Research Consultant and Project Manager for Museum Futures Africa (a project by the Goethe Institute)

Sophia has worked as an educator, writer, thinker and research consultant in arts and visual culture for the last 12 years. She has taught and developed coursework on visual culture, arts education, globalization, and the sociology of art at undergraduate and master’s levels. She has worked on cultural policy consultancies, cultural entrepreneurship training and arts-related research projects across Africa (for UNESCO, HIVOS, Arterial Network, SACO). Since late 2020, she has been working (through the Goethe Institut, South Africa), with 12 museums in Africa, South America and South Asia, exploring ideas and practices of museology from Southern perspectives. Her doctoral project, which she is completing at the University of Cape Town through the departments of Sociology and Art History, investigated politics of identity, loss and heritage through a study of the African art collection at the Iziko South African National Gallery.

Reimagining Heritage, Archives and Museums: Today/Tomorrow Convening Cape Town February 2024

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