THE cohort of young academics conducting creative economy research is expanding thanks to the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) successful scholarship and bursary scheme which has supported a total of 16 young scholars since 2015.
The programme targets young academics completing postgraduate degrees in arts, culture and heritage-related topics.
For the 2017/18 period, the SACO awarded seven scholarships worth more than half a million Rand. These scholarships were awarded to three honours, three masters and one doctoral student from the Universities of Pretoria, Johannesburg, Rhodes and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
“The fundamental role that creativity and culture plays in the growth and development of the knowledge economy is often overlooked. Because of this, scholarship in these sectors remain chronically under-funded.
“The SACO seeks to remedy this and meet a real need for research to better understand the creative economy through our dynamic scholarship programme which supports young academics interested in the creative and cultural industries,” said Prof Richard Haines, SACO chief executive.
Jane Thandi Mampane from the University of Pretoria was awarded an honours scholarship.
Her research paper entitled “Selling Black Beauty: Drum, Beauty Products and Black Consumers, 1950 -1960” explores how racial history and social stratifications dominated the ‘black beauty industry’ in South Africa during the 1950’s and examines how this beauty industry continues to influence contemporary culture.
“The historical racial notions that are attached to beauty identities are the underlying factors that make up the markets of beauty products for black