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John Peffer

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Associate Professor of Contemporary / Nonwestern Art History

Year Joined RCNJ: 2009

Contact Information


  • B.A. Indiana University, Bloomington
  • M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D. Columbia University, NY

Courses Offered:

  • Introduction to Global Art Traditions
  • Iconoclasm
  • History of Photography
  • Africa and Cinema
  • Africa and Photography
  • Performance and Art

Recent Awards:

  • Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Visiting Senior Fellow, Summer 2021.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Fellow, Spring 2019.
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellow, September 2018-March 2019.
  • Fulbright CIES Grant for research and teaching in South Africa, 2015.
  • NEH Fellowship for research on photography in South Africa, 2014.

Selected Publications:

  • Book: Art and the End of Apartheid (Minnesota, 2009).
  • Book: (edited with Elisabeth Cameron), Portraiture and Photography in Africa (Indiana, 2013).
  • Essay: “How Do We Look?” Kronos 46 (1) 2020.
  • Essay: “Vernacular Recollections and Popular Photography in South Africa,” in Morton and Newbury, eds., The African Photographic Archive (Bloomsbury, 2015).
  • Essay: “Remarks on South African Photography and the Extraphotographic,” Africultures 88 (Spring 2012).
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