Kylie Thomas

Research Associate
PhD, University of Capetown
Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice at the University of the Free State, Cape Town

Kylie Thomas is a researcher, writer and activist who has produced ground-breaking work on violence, photography and queer and anti-racist activism in South Africa during and after apartheid. She is a research associate at the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice at the University of the Free State, South Africa and the recipient of a 2017-2018 European Institutes for Advanced Study fellowship at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, Austria. 

She is the author of Impossible Mourning: HIV/AIDS and Visuality after apartheid and co-editor of Photography in and out of Africa: Iterations with Difference, and has held research fellowships at the University of the Western Cape; the University of Cape Town; the Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam; the National University of Galway; University College, Dublin, Ireland and Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Primary Recipient Awards

International Visiting Research Scholars, Kylie Thomas, 2017

Kylie Thomas

While Kylie Thomas is at UBC she will work together with Dr Sarah Hunt (Assistant Professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and in the Department of Geography) to facilitate a workshop on photography and resistance with two-spirit youth. She will also share her recent work on the contemporary student movements campaigning for the decolonisation of universities in the aftermath of apartheid, and on the powerful ways in which queer activists have responded to the rape and murder of LGBTQI people in South Africa.

She is keen to engage with students and faculty at UBC who are working on social justice issues in Canada.