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Kylie Thomas is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences' Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam. She is the author of the book Impossible Mourning: HIV/AIDS and Visuality after Apartheid (2014), and co-editor of Women and Photography in Africa: Creative Practices and Feminist Challenges (2020), Photography In and Out of Africa: Iterations with Difference (2016). She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles on photography, violence and history; queer and anti-racist activism; and about South African politics and society during and after apartheid. She completed her dissertation "Between Life and Death: HIV/AIDS and Representation in South Africa" in the Department of English at the University of Cape Town and was awarded her PhD in 2007. She has held teaching and research positions in South Africa and research fellowships in Ireland; Canada, Austria and The Netherlands. She has also worked as a researcher with the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in South Africa.


  • –present
    Research fellow, NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies


  • 2007 
    University of Cape Town, South Africa , PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowship
    Research Fellow
    Funding Source:
    European Commission
  • 2019
    Associate Researcher at the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice at the University of the Free State
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation