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Department of Visual Arts
Prof AA du Preez

Associate Professor in Visual Culture Studies; Chair of the Arts Cluster Postgraduate Research Committee

BA (Hons) (Art History) (UP) MA (Art History) UOVS DLitt et Phil (Unisa), title of thesis, Gendered bodies and new technologies
Tel: +27 12 420 3755

Amanda du Preez is Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Pretoria, where she teaches Visual Culture Studies. She obtained a DPhil in English from the University of South Africa on the topic of cyberfeminism and embodiment in 2003. She has co-edited South African visual culture (2005); edited Taking a hard look: gender and visual culture (2009) and authored Gendered bodies and new technologies: rethinking embodiment in a cyber-era (2009). She served as assistant editor of two accredited journals, Image & Text and De Arte. Currently she serves on the editorial board of Gender Questions, the VIAD (UJ) advisory board, the international Scientific Board for the book series of Filmforum (Italy) and most notably the International Association for Visual Culture. She has a C2 rating from the NRF and received the award as researcher of the year (Arts Cluster) in 2013.

Lecturer in the Department since 2001, teaching Visual Culture Studies – currents subjects are Postmodernism; Visual Hermeneutics; Virtual Culture; South African Visual Culture; Key Texts in Visual Culture; and Digital Culture.

Research focus areas: critical visual culture, feminist theory, gender, embodiment, cyber culture, the sublime, self-portraiture, social media, place and sense of belonging, digital humanities 
Research highlights


J van Eeden & A du Preez, (eds) 2005. South African visual culture. Pretoria: Van Schaik. Foreword by Prof Nicholas Mirzoeff, University of New York.

A du Preez (ed), 2009. Taking a hard look: gender and visual culture. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (ISBN13: 978-1-4438-0982-5, ISBN: 1-4438-0982-9)

A du Preez. 2009. Gendered bodies and new technologies: rethinking embodiment in a cyber-era. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


A du Preez, 1993. Die Pretoria Art Association en die Pretoria News: georganiseerde kunsaktiwiteite in Pretoria 1902-1906. The South African Journal of Art and Architectural History 3(1-4), February:44-58.

A du Preez, 1993. Pierre van der Westhuizen: printmaker. Image & Text 2:37-39.

A du Preez, 1997. ‘No more I love Yous’: Moving into the twilight zone with Tracy Payne’s gender-(in)betweeners. De Arte 56:29-39.

A du Preez, 1997. Femme Fatale revamped. Image & Text 7:18-23.

A du Preez, 2000. Virtual babes: gender, archetypes and computer games. Communicatio 26(2):18-27.

A du Preez, 2000. Gender roles and advertising, in Women, society and constraints. A collection of contemporary South African gender studies, edited by J Malherbe, Marc Kleijwegt and Elize Koen. Pretoria: Unisa Press:157-168.

A du Preez, 2003. (Re)mains: Local bodies and global information [Oorb(lyf)sels: lokale liggame en globale inligting]. Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe 43 (1&2):56-65.

A du Preez, 2004. Putting on appearances: mimetic representations of hysteria. De Arte 68:47-61.

A du Preez, 2004. Bungee jumping and the eXtreme sublime [Rekspring en die eKstreme sublieme], Tydskrif vir Letterkunde 42(2), September:55-68.

A du Preez, 2004. ‘The machine is a woman’ and other myths: a brief analysis of how technology is sexed and gendered. Image & Text 11:42-50.

A du Preez, 2004. Is the subject of science and new technologies still sexed and gendered?, in The gender perspective: Innovations in economy, organisations and health within the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Frankfurt: Peter Lang:74-105.

A du Preez, 2004. Bodies as religion: immortality for beginners. Gender and Women’s Studies: Feminist knowledge.  [O]. Available:

A du Preez, 2005. Misbehaving tools: the politics of human-technology interactions, in South African Visual Culture edited by J van Eeden & A du Preez. Pretoria:Van Schaik:134-151.

A du Preez, 2005. The rhetorics of the eXtreme.Scriptura. International Journal of Bible, Religion and Theology in Southern Africa 90:651-59.

A du Preez, 2006. Technology and transsexuality: secret alliances, in Sex, gender, becoming. Post-apartheid reflections, edited by K van Marle.Pretoria: Pretoria University Law Press:1-18.

A du Preez, 2007. Leë erotiek: beloftes van erotiese vervulling in populêre visuele kultuur [Empty eroticism: promises of erotic fulfillment in popular visual culture], in Liefde is die Grootste: Oor Erotiek en Seksualiteit [Love is the Greatest: On Eroticism and Sexuality], edited by C Vos & D Human. Pretoria: Protea Boekhuis:249-259.

A du Preez, 2008. (Im)Materiality: On the matter of art. Image & Text 14:30-41.

A du Preez, 2008. Through the empire’s eyes: engaging the gaze. Religion & Theology. (IBSS list).

A du Preez, 2008. “The contemporary sublime and the culture of extremes: La Parkour and finding the freedom of the city”, Representation and Spatial Practices in Urban South Africa. Johannesburg: The Research Centre, Visual Identities in Art and Design, (ISBN:  978-0-620-42744-9),7-16. 

A du Preez, 2008. (Im)materiality: On the matter of art, in Visuality/Commentary, edited by J van Eeden. University of Pretoria:186-191.

A du Preez, 2009. For real: Hysteria, transsexuality and femininity as masquerade, in Taking a hard look: gender and visual culture, edited by A du Preez. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing:235-249.

A du Preez, 2009. The sublime and the cultures of the extreme: An exploration. Communicatio 35(2):201-218.

A du Preez, 2010.  Posthuman aesthetics of transcendence: Blank canvasses and naked faces, in Homo transcendentalis? Transcendence in science and religion: Interdisciplinary perspectives. Pretoria: Unisa Press, (ISBN: 978-1-86888-65-55).

A du Preez, 2010. ‘Material girls’: lingering in the presence of the material sublime. Critical Arts. (IBSS list) 24(3): 392–417.

A du Preez, 2010. “Posthuman aesthetics of transcendence: Blank canvasses and naked faces”, in Homo transcendentalis? Transcendence in science and religion: Interdisciplinary perspectives. Pretoria: Unisa Press,(ISBN: 978-1-86888-65-55), 233-251.

A du Preez, 2011. Die Antwoord gooi zef liminality: of monsters, carnival and affects. Image & Text 17:102-137.

A du Preez, 2011. The gaze, in Oxford Art Online, Oxford University Press.[O]. Available:

A du Preez, 2012. Om kop te hou: liggaamlikheid en kontemporêre kuberkultuur (Getting (a)head: embodiment and contemporary cyberculture). Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe 52(4):596-612). (IBSS list)

A du Preez, 2012. “Thrilling! Transcendence and the contemporary cultures of the extreme”, in Culture and Transcendence, edited byW. Stoker and W.L. van der Merwe. Leuven: Peeters. (ISBN 978-90-420-3473-0), 23-33.

A du Preez, 2013. Self-uitbeeldings en Facebook: ‘n estetika van verdwyning? (Self-representations and Facebook: an aesthetics of disappearance?) Litnet 10(1).[O] Available: